Daily Update, or Trying to Fit Things In

Days Off
Days Off

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Today

May the Fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars Day. I wanted to do so much more today than I have actually accomplished. I’m not saying that it was a bad day, it wasn’t. I worked on publishing tasks this morning.

After that it was out running errands. Shopping, a trip to the  feed store and lunch. I was tired by the time I started writing and progress was slow. I took a break to play Lego: Star Wars with my son. Lots of fun. Afterward I did a little more writing before another break for dinner and the evening.

There’s so much to do, so much life, so many things share with family, to read, to watch, so many plans for the future. It’s hard fitting things into a busy day. Some things slip away. With each choice, something else slips away. Even if the planet spun slower on its axis I don’t think it’d make much difference.

Today I didn’t make my word count. Tomorrow’s another chance. Since I typically hit my target over my goal, I’m ahead so far this year and my streak is still unbroken. Tomorrow I’ll give it another shot.

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The Greatest Gig

The Greatest Gig

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Today

 The Greatest Gig is now available . This is a light, fun science fiction story about Chrystal Eagle, starship plumber. It was the first story I wrote in this universe, first with Chrystal Eagle and led to writing my novel Stowaway to Eternity. The novel is set in the same universe, but a different ship and different characters. If things go as planned, it should be out in about a year. I’d like to see it out sooner but there are just so many titles to get out!

This story has been out before, but this is the new preferred edition, available in e-book and paperback formats. Some of the sites are still updating and will be linked when it’s available.

I didn’t sleep well last night. I woke up around 2 AM with leg pain. I took some ibuprofen, had a snack and finished reading the Hamilton book. That’s a fun, long-running series. I’ve started reading Alan Dean Foster‘s Icerigger Trilogy now. I tried going back to sleep, but it never really took.

Up at 5 AM, getting ready, reading during breakfast, and then I worked on the first part of the post before leaving for work.

The rest of the day went okay. It was a slower day on the Day Job. I was also feeling tired and worn out, which made the day more difficult. I still wrote on my breaks and managed to get the bulk of my word count done. I finished the rest after I was home.

In a lull in the rain I also repaired the door to our chicken coop that had been torn off in a storm a few weeks ago. That done, I spent the rest of the evening relaxing. We watched TV, my son fell asleep early.

Tomorrow

My weekend from the Day Job starts, so there are errands and other activities to take its place. That means I still need to be focused if I’m going to get in my words for the day and manage a few other tasks. Maybe even study some. I have a new art book, The Digital Renaissance by Carlyn Beccia that I’m looking forward to reading.

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Daily Update, or Juggling Creative Tasks

Shakespeare
Shakespeare

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Today

This morning I took a rest day from running to let my aching legs rest. I’m still getting used to the workouts, building up over time, but it’s much slower than when I was younger.

After the run I worked on the illustration for one of my favorite stories, The Greatest Gig, which comes out in a new edition tomorrow. I worked on that this morning before the Day Job. On breaks I got in my word count and I read. I’m nearly done reading Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton.

This evening I switched gears and worked on the story again. It’s always fun working on the stories and getting them out.

After that, I worked on this post. It’s been a fun day, switching back and forth.

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Daily Update, or Everything Changes

Happy Boy
Happy Boy

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Today

Everything changes. We say that often. We live in a world that constantly changes. Some things don’t change as fast as we’d like. Some change faster than we’d like.

I went for a run this morning. Off to the Day Job. I wrote on breaks and finished up my word count. I received a story back from a market.

Everything changes and sometimes it stays the same. Today was one of those days when everything went the way it should.

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Daily Update, or April Wrap Up

Keeping Track
Keeping Track

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Today

This morning started with a two mile run. No computer this morning. I left it off to avoid distractions. The run went well, with celebratory burpees afterward. I did a little work, and then it was off to the Day Job. Wrote on breaks. I spent time reading.

Today’s sketch was practice from Matt Dixon’s Fantasy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible.

I love this book. I need to spend more time going through it, there’s so much still to learn.

This month I started the second novel in my Land Lubbers series, Sea Legs. It’s been a blast working on the novel. This is a series that I started a couple years ago when I wrote the first book. It had a limited release at the time in a serialized fashion as I wrote it, but I haven’t had a chance yet to release the book the way I want. That comes later. After the second book is done, when I’m working on the third. Then I’ll start releasing them in the editions I want to create.

I posted daily about working creatively while also holding a full-time Day Job. And along with that I did daily sketches.

On the publishing side, two stories were reissued and the second book in the Dead Things series came out.

Dreaming Dead Things

 

It was a good month.

Summary

Here’s the monthly calendar, showing all my daily word counts for the month. Most days I met or exceeded my goal of 1,370 words per day, and mostly met or exceeded my target of 1,500 words per day. Even while working full-time at the Day Job, I still made time to write.

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Daily Update, or Use the Force

Use the Force
Use the Force

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 Today

I did the drawing today in honor of the episode VII cast announcementStar Wars was a big part of my childhood growing up. The action figures, the toys, and the rest. It was a lot of fun. It and Star Trek, I always had plenty of room for both and tons of other movies and books.

When episodes I-III were coming, it was the same hopeful anticipation. I enjoyed the movies, I didn’t come at them with enormous expectations or a super critical mindset. I’ve just started watching the Clone Wars show on Netflix, and have enjoyed the first few episodes.

I’ve read a few of the books, not many, and played various video games from the franchise. One of the earliest books I read was by a favorite author, Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.

Star Wars created a fun, exciting universe. I’m looking forward to what comes in the future.

Today I got up, I started slow but I made the time to get in the word count on my book. I don’t know that any of the worlds I recreate will find their audience, those doubts are always present, but I’m closing my eyes and using the Force.

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Daily Update, or Doubts in a Creative Life

Doubting Dead Things
Doubting Dead Things

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 Today

I can’t really say that today went better than yesterday. I was sore from yesterday’s run, so decided to take it easier. Also, I didn’t sleep much, getting about five hours of sleep.

I had a story rejected today, receiving an “Honorable Mention” in the Writers of the Future contest. It’s not my first, and it’s a nice rejection, but still a rejection. This was one of the last quarters I could enter the contest. Soon I’ll have another pro-sale published, so I won’t qualify any longer.

Despite the fact that I am selling stories, both “pro” sales and indie, the doubts remain. Usually I’m pretty good at keeping them at bay but stress is one of my triggers. Thinking about financial stresses, getting a rejection, and suddenly all those doubts come rushing back. I’ve been doing this long enough that I recognize and expect that to happen.

It doesn’t make it easy for loved ones, though, to have someone that is positive and optimistic one moment, and then down the next. I’m not talking about extreme swings, just the normal up and down that tends to come with creative types. Someone buys a story, and we’re up, and then there’s a rejection and we’re down. On the indie side that can be triggered by watching sales dashboards too much with sales one day driving moods up, which then plummet when the sales don’t continue the next. Reviews are particularly destructive that way, either good or bad.

The main thing I try to remember is to keep the focus on the tasks that I have control over. Getting my word count done, for example. The better job I do with those simple things, the better it’ll work out overall.

Tomorrow

Back to work at the Day Job. Word count to do, a story to finish illustrating, and more to work on than I ever have time to do. I need to review edits on Killing Dead Things, aiming to have that out at the end of May!

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Daily Update, or Running From One Thing to the Next

Worf
Worf

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 Today

I took it easy this morning, relaxing since it was a day off the Day Job. Everything fills in the day off. Including relaxing. Without having the same time pressures as normal it’s easy to put things off. I spent time reading first, just relaxing and enjoying the morning.

The sun came up through the clouds. The rain had washed everything. It was cool, but not cold. I strapped on my Xero Shoes and went for a run. It was 3.57 miles, 37m:04s. It was a good run. Fun. It went well. I felt strong.

After that was some publishing work, then errands, lunch and finally a nap. Other things came up, including more reading and watching some television. Dinner. In all of that I was slow making time to write. It ended up going well, but I’ve stayed up much later than usual.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I’ll get on it a little sooner.

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Dreaming Dead Things

Dreaming Dead Things

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 Today

This morning saw the official release of the new edition of Dreaming Dead Things. Previously published under a pen name, I’m glad to have it out in this new edition. Work is progressing right now on getting the brand new Killing Dead Things novel ready to release in a few weeks.

I spent some time this morning updating pages for the new release, before heading off to work at the Day Job. We had people out today on vacation and sick, but it wasn’t too bad. I still managed to get my breaks in and complete my word count with time left to finish reading Scattered Suns by Kevin J. Anderson, and I started reading Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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Daily Update, or Memories

Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait

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 Today

In the first episode of The Walking Dead, Rick wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world with zombies. At his house he asks if he’s really there, if he’s dreaming and says, “Wake up.”

Who knows? Maybe the whole show is a dream.

Today I got up, I went for a run. I did some writing before I headed off to work, some more on breaks and bit by bit it got done.

We were looking at videos yesterday and today. Family movies, pictures, that sort of thing. It’s amazing how quickly the time passes and kids change so fast. In The Walking Dead episode they talk about trying to save photo albums and pictures. We want to hang onto those things, to our memories.

I said to my son, as he watched a video of himself as a toddler, “Do you remember that?”

“Yes, because I watched the video,” he said. “But I don’t remember everything, because we don’t have videos of everything.”

Writing is another way to remember. So is drawing and sketching. All of this, it helps.

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