Writing in Public

Writing in Public, Too: Day 18, and still sick

This bug, whatever it is, is just brutal. Still sick, been in bed all day long. Did get down to see the doctor. My strep test came back negative, and although they did a second “stick the q-tip down your throat” culture to send out, the basic advice came down to this: Go home, get plenty of rest, drink fluids. Sigh. 🙂   So I spent most of today resting. And I’m headed back there momentarily. I got in a token 500 words earlier today, during one “up” time, and called work to say “hi, I can’t keep my eyes …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 17 – sick again

Sorry, folks… Got home from work tonight and fell into bed. Slept til around 10pm, when my wife woke me up to call work. Was feverish and out of it the entire time. Then fell asleep again. Just woke briefly, drank some fluids, still feel like crud. Suspect strep throat….side effect of being a nurse is the ability to self diagnose with some accuracy. So today was a no writing day. They’re going to happen. Will give a good accounting of tomorrow, assuming a feel better. I suspect antibiotics are in my immediate future. (Smile)

Writing in Public, Too: Day 16 – Past the halfway mark.

Technically, I think I should have written the “halfway mark” post yesterday, but I was so motivated to write the bit about motivation that it slipped my mind. (grin) I realized last night I was coming down with a cold bug – fever and all, last night – so I called in sick to work. This morning, I woke up late and stayed in bed later. The fever was gone, but I still felt like crud. Still, I was up and about a little by late morning. I helped Susan get the girls launched for a girl scout meeting (homeschool …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 15 – Motivation for Writers

Woke up this morning and spent a quiet morning, hanging with the kids and my wife. Watched a show with my wife, worked with D on her new computer, and came to the conclusion we were definitely going to need to get her a different machine. For a variety of reasons, it just wasn’t working for her. She’s a very tactile kid – and the biggest problem the machine had was that the trackpad was one of the ones with the little bumps all over it, instead of being smooth like she was used to. So after lunch (leftover pizza …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 14

All three of our kids have their own laptops. Not great or fancy laptops, mind; but they have something they can work and play on. I think it’s important for them to become computer literate at a young age, so we’ve prioritized their having regular access. One of the girls uses my old laptop as a hand-me-down. It’s a good machine – was a GREAT machine when I bought it – but it’s starting to fail now, so passing it on seemed like a good plan. Except now it’s starting to have enough issues that it’s interfering with her Minecraft …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 12

Another work day. One more of those before the weekend, where hopefully I can get a little ahead on word-count. If you’ve been reading this for a bit, you’re probably familiar with my schedule already. Up at 6am. At work by 7am. Today was a messy work day… I didn’t get out until 5pm, and had to skip lunch to even get out then. I ate my chicken and swiss cheese sandwich in the car after work. Seedless soft rye, which is a nice treat – haven’t had it in years, and had forgotten how much I liked the stuff. …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 11

Another work day. Out the door by 6:30am, and back home around 5pm. Long doggone day. 😉 Spent an hour alternating catching up on some emails with working on Starship edits. Then I made dinner for the family. After dinner, it was back to work for a little while; then a break at 9pm to watch a show with my wife, then briefly back to work again. Didn’t have the stamina to stay writing for too long. Just feeling very burned out today. Not burned out on the writing – wish I had more energy for it, honestly. But I’m …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 10 – Productivity for Writers

Well, today was another work day… And was too tired upon getting home to do much of anything. Answered some emails, hung out with wife and kids, even tried taking a nap and then waking up again. Not a lot of luck. The 6am wake-up time is brutal for me, as I’m more of a night person. But we do what we need to do. Long story short, I got zero new words done on Ashes today. Did some work on cleaning up the second editing pass on Starship 5, which I just got back this evening.   And I …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 9

Edited form of Starship 5 is back off to the editor. So release will be very, very soon. The podcast I mentioned in the last blog post rocked, so if you’re any kind of writer, check it out. Seriously worthwhile. Was looking at computer stuff today. OK, here’s the scoop on my computer scenario. I have a pretty nice PC desktop – not screaming fast, but a solid and fairly new machine. I have an iPad that I like writing on sometimes. It’s a nice general purpose portable computer: some writing, some reading, some internet…great for checking email fast. And I …

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Writing in Public, Too: Day 8 – Edits

Little bit of a change of pace today. I went out early and got grocery shopping done. While I was shopping, I was listening to a podcast: the guys from the Self Publishing Podcast were interviewing Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch. I’m only about halfway through the ‘cast, but it has been AWESOME so far! My favorite podcast and two favorite bloggers, all rolled into one. Can’t beat that! If you’d like to check it out, I can’t recommend it enough. My wife was out today from about 10:30am until 6:30pm, at a meeting for Arisia convention staff. Arisia …

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