Returning with Writing Goals in Hand

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It’s been months since I actually worked on any of my works in progress. I know it is high time that I got my seat back in that chair and give you what you want, another story. But it has to better, much better than the last one.

Chunky Method of Writing

The June edition of RWR featured an article about using a Chunky Method for a Writing Plan. First off, it was a great article, if you haven’t checked it out, and you can get your hands on the issue, read it. It showed me I can get back into a writing habit by doing a little bit of writing at a time.

Allie picked 600 words to base the writing plan around but said you can pick whichever word count suits you best. I will pick 500 words. I think I can do 500 words 4 times a week. It is a small chunk and most likely, once I get up and rolling again, I will tend to write more than that at a sitting. The whole idea is to get the words moving across the page, with discipline.

I have another excuse why I’m not writing as of late. It is called a higher education. I returned to school last month to work on my degree. Now I will have to balance more than just work and writing, I’ve added school work to the mix. It appears that the less time you have to write, the more you want to write.

Yesterday, I finished up with my first two classes, the next ones begin Tuesday. Now is the time to state my goals for writing and get back to that seat with the keyboard.

Here is my goal:

110,000-word count ÷ 500 chunks = 220 chunks if I divide this by 4 times per week, I will be done with the story in 55 weeks plus 3 weeks of no writing = 58 weeks. That is a little over a year. This figure also gives me 3 weeks of no writing.

I already have two works in progress. I will be working mostly on Hunting For Love in the coming month. It is already close to 20K words. That is 90K words to go. Divide that by 500-word chunks, equals 180 chunks left to write at 4 times a week, means I will be done with the story in about 45 weeks.

Now if I were to have an exceptional day of writing – 🙂

The possibilities of completing my goal grow stronger by the day.

Having Fun with Pet Chickens #BackyardChickenKeeper

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Ten years ago I would never have thought that I would be the keeper of Backyard Chickens. It’s been fun. What started out as a curiosity to see what it would be like to keep them has become a hobby/pets.

 Silly birds that have not much of a brain can cackle like old women telling dirty jokes.

Our girls are layers and last year they had a boy join their ranks. The last time something like that happened, that boy turned out to be a bad boy. He was mean and a brute. Do you want to know what happens to birds like him? They don’t stay around. I chopped off his head and served him from the backyard barbecue. Yup, he was still a backyard chicken.

The new guy arrived last year with his eleven sisters. He didn’t have much color, so we weren’t sure at first as to whether he was a he or a she. Then his tail feathers started coming in. You know, the one’s that curl downward that make the chicken appear regal.

Well, those girls knew what happened to the last guy. They plucked every last curled feather from his tail right before he started to crow. Silly birds.

Alright, so they wanted to keep this guy. So we let him stay. He’s been pretty well behaved and maintain the flock’s safety. They are his girls.

We’ve been getting about six or seven dozen eggs a week from them. I thought there should be more as it has seemed to slack off lately. I had attributed this to my mowing the grass about their pen. Strange noises, sudden changes in weather, or hawks flying overhead can make a flock stop laying. I accepted the fact as what it could be.

Yesterday, we made a discovery.

The girls have begun hoarding their eggs. They have them in a part of the coop we don’t look into much since the girls seldom use that part of the coop. When I looked in the window, I saw two eggs. I opened the door to gather them and saw clutches of eggs.

There were 42 eggs collected that were divided between the two nests. We don’t know how long they have been there, but we do know they are sitting on them. Looks like our pets are going to have to sacrifice their kids if they decided to multiply. I’m thinking we should see the first egg hatch within the next 2-3 weeks. Maybe around 15 days from now.

If they hatch, I take pictures.

Binge Watching #BlackSails    

 

 

I heard about this show a couple of years ago but I never thought I’d get so hook on a show like I did this one. Though, Game of Thrones is another of my favorites. I eat historical shows up with a spoon. I don’t even need the ice cream to go with it. These shows suck me right in.

The story line has a hook, without the captain. I find that when the show is over, I have to search the internet to see who close the writers got to the actual happenings. I hit the Wikipedia and look for all the characters. Did you know that the only two characters mentioned so far in the show that aren’t actually real people were Captain Flint and Long John Silver? I keep searching for them. There has to be some sort of resemblance to these individuals somewhere in history. Most fiction comes from actual events. The names are change, sometimes the gender took to hide the truth.

I’m not going to give you any spoilers. But I will post a You-Tube video for you to check out. That way you can see why I love this show.

Tally – Ho and enjoy the show!

My Return

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Welcome to my new home. I’ve been away from the keyboard for the past few months and now I’m ready to return. In between working and school work, I’m hoping to find time to not only give you a weekly post but also to get back to work on those long awaited works in progress that I began a year ago.

Please bare with me while I continue to set up my new site and migrate my website to its new home.

Speaking of Pirates

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I know there are a lot of writers out there that hate seeing their books sitting on a Pirate website. They go nuts when they discover their book has been posted unknowingly for everyone to buy. It is funny to think that the site is going to sell that many copies of their eBook to make a significant dent in their overall book sales.

Granted it isn’t nice of the company to help themselves to your book but really? Do you really think they are going to sell the same amount of books as, say Amazon?

Nope – most likely not.

It is like how many of the self-publishers are expecting to sell oodles of book at their local bookstore and they go frantic trying to figure a way to get their book on the shelf. They hold book signings and bring their own copies of their books only to discover, no one shows up. Huh?

Self-publishing is not that easy. It is hard work. It takes even more work to make sure that book of yours is fully edited. It doesn’t matter how many times you pour yourself over that book. There is going to be an elusive typo or error that is going to sneak by each time. This is why you need to spend even more time editing your books.

Marketing – leave that for the pirates to do for you. It is called free advertisement. If your book is that good that the pirates feel they are going to make some money off of your books, then you should feel honored.

Did you know that music sales ranking is now, also being rated by pirated downloads of mp3 files?

That is how they are discovering who the most prominent music artist is out there at the current time.

Back two years ago, or more, I remember when, I think it was Pink or Madonna, who gave away one of their newly released cd’s on Amazon. Talk about popular. They crashed the site. It was down for hours. Now that is a marketing ploy for you. If you give it away, then the pirates will definitely not make any money off of you.

Cheers to marketing and keeping the pirates busy. May the edits always be in your favor J