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Today

Wow, it’s much later tonight. I’m usually early to bed, but last night I stayed up and then didn’t get sleep. I took a nap this afternoon, which made me much less ready to sleep.

Before today I had envisioned that I would work on cover illustrations this morning. I was going to draw, paint and make some progress. Instead I played games with my son. Then we went out to complete errands. Lunch followed. I ended up taking the nap in the afternoon, too sleepy to focus on on much of anything.

After the nap I woke up and started feeling better. I got back into the grove and worked on my story. It went well, and I knew I was close to the end.

Another break for dinner and a couple episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (haven’t finished the first season yet, a couple more episodes to watch).

Later I came back and finished the short story.

Did the day go as I planned? Nope. Not really. It was better than some days.

Yesterday I hit 300 days on my writing streak. A bit of a milestone. I’m on track still to hit 500,000 words for the past year. That’s 300 days of good days, bad days and so-so days, but 300 days of getting words written and stories and novels created. There’s no point making excuses. It’s easy to come up with excuses. I’m too tired. I don’t have time. I work a full-time job. I’ve got a family. I’m trying to get in shape. I need to study. I have lots to learn.

It’d be easy to just accept the excuses but sometimes you just have to get in and get it done, no matter what else is going on. I didn’t get everything done today, but I finished a short story. That’s pretty good.

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