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January 1, 2013

Okay, so here we are in yet another year.  We drove up to see Russ's brother and sister-in-law today and had a great time, but I am now already behind on my work.  You know, I hope this isn't a sign about what 2013 is going to be like.

On the other hand, I think I got a GREAT eagle shot on the way home.  Now that I can stand.  I'll see in a few minutes when I upload things from the camera to the computer.

Writing?  I would like to think it's going to go well.  I did 500 words on a new Summerfield book last night after midnight.  I hope to get at least that much more today.

I am also working on a huge screen, which we set up to watch TV last night.  I might keep it.  This is kind of neat, though I need it back on the desk a ways.  Other than that -- can't say there has been much to this year so far.

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2013

Yeah, I'm ill.  Miserably ill.  And falling behind on the second day of the year.

This just doesn't look good, does it?

January 3, 2013

I've worked like mad today, despite that I still feel lousy.  I am almost up to the point where I can really get some writing done.  I have about 4k for the year, so that's not horrible.  But still . . . should have been more written by now.

Tomorrow starts the first 2YN class.  Back to that madness.

I'm trying not to be too tired.  I would like to get more done tonight.  I don't know that it will happen.

January 4, 2013

Yes, I bought a new Nook!  One I can read in bed at night.  And do other things.  It's pretty cool!

Not a distraction.  No, not at all.

Come here, my pretty.

January 5, 2013

I was awake until 4:30 am reading on my new Nook.  Yeah, this is going to work very well.  I've had to leave it in the other room all day today or I wouldn't get anything done at all.  I'm almost caught up on my writing for the day, though.  This is looking good.

So I'm happy about that part!  I'll be able to wrap up in warm blankets at night and read and read and read.

Yeah, good plan.

Winter has set in again.  Not really happy.

January 6, 2013

I am trying to focus in on the writing stuff again.  I admit that I've been a bit scattered since the start of the year, but I think I can get my mind on the novel and the edits, at least.  Do that and spread out to the marketing stuff.

I love my new Nook, by the way.  I am already reading more again.  I hope this keeps up.

Good way to start out the year!

January 7, 2013

It got up to 40f today!  Wow!  Didn't need to turn on the oven and the stove with water to get more heat in hear.  Life is good.

Also getting a bit of writing done today.  That's good, too.  Not sure when Russ will be home tonight, though.  He had said he might have some late stuff in Omaha this week.  I'll have to wait and see.

The weather will be nice for about a week.  I'll take that, too!

January 8, 2013

Miserably ill most of the day.  This is no fun.

Ugh.

January 9, 2013

Better today.  I got a lot of the newsletter done and a good amount of writing.  That's better.

Also got the new chapters up.  Yay.  This is going well.  I wish I had something ready to start after this novel, but it's going to be a while before I'm ready to do this experiment again.

But all in all, a better day than yesterday!

January 10, 2013

Long day, lots done and watched a bunch of Heroes tonight.  Russ is in Omaha for the night, but he'll be back tomorrow.  Or actually later today.  I need to sleep now, though.

So, not much to say.  The novel is going well at least.

January 11, 2013

Weather is about to turn colder again.  I know, I know -- winter and all of that.  But really, I'm not up for it this year.

Getting lots done, though.  Really enjoying reading things on my new Nook.  Getting a lot more read than I have in a while. That's good!  And it's all because I can take it to bed and read.  No other work to interfere.

Having fun with it.

January 12, 2013

I was so ill all day I barely got anything done.  Not a particularly good day, but I survived.

January 13, 2013

I'm feeling better, but weak.  And cold.  Very, very cold.  I'm sitting here in my jacket, hat and blanket over me and I still can't get warmed up.  So not a lot of work stuff getting done here right now.

Ugh.  Long winter ahead again.

January 14, 2013

On to another week.  I am trying to get my pattern for 2013 down and so far, it's not going well.  I need to get some stuff worked out here.

But on the other hand, I am getting things done.  Just wish that I was feeling better, because not so much so today.

January 15, 2013

Have I mentioned that writing is really going pretty well?  It is, despite everything else.  That's not to say anything is really bad, just that I can't seem to get my focus where it needs to be.  However, I am getting about 3k a day on the writing side, so I'm happy there.

The new Summerfield book might be lacking some of the humor of the other works.  I'll need to work that back in.

But other than that. . . . yeah, going okay.

January 16, 2013

It got up to 47f today.  Wow.  However, there was a brisk breeze, so it didn't feel quite as warm as it should have.  Still, not bad.  I even turned some of the heaters off for a while.

The Summerfield novel is probably coming up on the halfway mark already.  I am going to be scrambling to find out what I write next.  Oh well.  It should be fun!

I want to get back into some art stuff, too.  This should be fun!

January 17, 2013

One of those days.  Tried to get the newsletter done, but not everything is available.  Tried to do the ACOA sales updates, but Amazon is doing maintenance on the reporting system.  Ugh.  I'd like to get at least one thing actually done off my list!

Well, there's still the short story to write.  I did notes last night, and I think I can write this one fairly fast since it's for Flash Friday.

But still, this is just annoying!

January 18, 2013

The weather is supposed to be better this weekend.  That's good, at least.  But we're only in January, and you know this isn't going to last. 

I'm still working away at the writing, but I'm starting to feel the weight of winter on me.  This is annoying.  Blah.

January 19, 2013

Yeah, better weather.  Yay, for at least as long as it lasts.  It's good not to have to fun oven, water on stove, heaters all the time!

Writing is still going well, which is nice.  I am about out of outline, though, and I have to worry about how that will go.  I know what I want, at least, so that should help.

What else?  Not much, really.  I'm getting things done.

January 20, 2023

Yeah, well the warm was bound not to last.

I need to come up with a plan of something new to do.  Or, better still, really get focused on a couple things I want to do.  Like get back into the Photoshop/Lightroom stuff.  There's a nice plan.

The writing is going well, but . . . I don't seem to have hit much in the humor this time, which is bad.  This is a Summerfield book and it's turning out to be far too serious.

Ack.

January 21, 2013

I have no brain left.  Really.  Just none.  I don't want to do anything.

But oddly, the writing is still going well.  Okay, I can live with that.  But still . . . Ack.  I want winter over and we still have about 2 months.  Blah.  I want out.  I want to do something.  I want to see things.

Blah.  Blah.

Back to writing.

January 22, 2013

Okay, this is cold.  Really cold.  It's affecting my brain.  Since I have not been feeling well to begin with (you can tell, right?), the cold is just making me more annoyed.  And not feeling well.

I am coming in towards the last 10k or so of Summerfield 3 and I think I am finally getting some of the humor back.  Good.  I think I can go back over it later and work in humor again.

But right now, huddle in blankets and hope for the best.

January 23, 2013

Barely warmer than yesterday.  Snarl, snarl.  This really does not put me into the best of moods, which is bad.  I need to get some writing done and it needs to be light, fun writing.  I can do this.  I have humor somewhere, thought I think it's hibernating.

But still, we're making it through another week.  This is good. 

January 24, 2013

Edmond does not like the cold any more than I do.  Right now he's trying to crawl into my lap.  I spent most of the afternoon curled up in bed, determined that I was not going to get up at all.  Ha.  I knew that wasn't going to last.

It's warmer than yesterday.  That's not saying much.  But we will be better tomorrow, apparently.  Not great, since it is still well below freezing, but still better than this bitter cold.

Which is nothing compared to the cold on the east coast.  Wow.  That's just bad!

I need to get writing started and get this stuff up.  I have a few days in the queue.  But that's just how annoyed I have been that I am not getting much of anything actually done.  Yeah, need to finish off that Newsletter today.  At least I'm not as ill as I have been, which was just misery on top of misery and another reason I keep staying curled up in bed.  But starting to feel a bit better now.

Except for the cold weather.

January 25, 2013

We bought a portable clothes washer today.  It's really kind of nice!  Just a little thing, but we don't need a lot.  We can take the big, heavy things to the laundry mat.   What we can do is keep up the little things like underwear and shirts and such. 

I found that there is a little dryer to match it.  I'm going to be looking for it, I think.

Writing is going well, despite that I don't have an outline for this part of the novel.  I feel like it's just bouncing around a bit too much, but I'll take care of that later.

January 26, 2013

So, we're almost to the end of the first month of the year.  Wow.  This went way too fast.  I'm going to be fighting like mad to get caught up now!

I've gotten a bunch of clothes washed, but there are limited places to hang them to dry.  I have a space heater in the bathroom and things warming up, though.  So all is good there.

Writing . . . I need to figure out something here with the Summerfield book and it's eluding me at the moment.

And my back is bothering me, which is annoying but not horrible.  At least I'm not feeling quite so ill as I have. 

Time to go poke at the story again. . . .

January 27, 2013

Have I mentioned the odd weather this month?  Warm, cold, warm, frigid, warm . . . and no snow.  You don't know what you are going to get from one day to the next, but I can tell you that the drought is still here.  Ugh.

The writing is going okay.  I'm getting there. 

And that's about it!

January 28, 2013

I have finished the Summerfield 3 novel.  It's short and I missed out on a lot of things which I have noted off the beginning.  The humor needs to drastically step up for this one.  I need to think about it.  Write some incidents later and work them in.

Have I mentioned the little portable clothes washer we got?  I attach it to the bathroom sink and away it goes.  I don't have room to hang much stuff up, so I only do a couple little loads at a time.  However, it is making a huge dent in the stuff that had been waiting for Russ to get to the laundry mat.  Yay!

January 29, 2013

Ummm. . . .

Almost end of the month?  Ack.

Finished Summerfield and nothing new to write?  ACK!

Okay, I'm just going to do a little bit of panic here.  I do have two sets of notes for outlines, so I can get to work on them, at least.  That's good.  And I can write some flash fiction. But I do not have any major work in hand at the moment.

I do need to think about the sequels to a few pieces, though.  And the final edits on others.  Okay, that's better.  No more panic about not having something to write.

Now I have too much to work on.

January 30, 2013

I think the writing is going okay, even if I'm having trouble getting my head around some of it.  Today was a flash Friday day -- yeah, way early, but that's okay.  I got it done.  I even posted it.  So all is good.

Working on a rewrite of Badlands in which I cut out a ton of overwritten angsty crap.  I think the novel will be better for it, but we'll see.  It's slower going than it should be, really.

And that's about it.  Notes on Tom Luck.  Thinking about other things. 

It's getting cold, though.  Going to be miserable tomorrow, but better the day after.

Let's hope we survive it.

January 31, 2013

End of the month.  Incredibly cold.

Bought Painter 12 today.  New graphic tablet should be here tomorrow.  Yeah, branching out again into stuff other than the writing.  I need this!

Sure glad it's about to warm up.

And that's it for this month.