I put in 33 hours on the computer this week, and managed to hardly write any fiction. Boggling. Well, that’s not exactly true. I spent one night binge-writing a short story. I spent another night photographing dinosaurs and trying not to burn down the house. According to Ye Olde Captain’s Log, I spent the rest of the time working on the blog and doing market research.
I didn’t waste very much time, and yet, I don’t feel as productive as I’d like. For 33 hours, I’d like to see at least two short stories and an edit…enough to justify the current condition of the kitchen.
Unfortunately, I am still struggling with toddler sleep issues…although tonight I had to put my foot down and simply willed her to sleep. After only an hour and a half, she succumbed to my awesome mind control. Sigh. I think I’m just going to have to clear three days next week where we go nowhere and just focus on setting a schedule and teaching her to sleep on her own Super-Nanny style. I am not looking forward to it, but it needs to be done. Earlier this week, I spent four hours battling this kid to bed. Me no likey.
In other news, the one short story I had out to The Pedestal Magazine has come home to roost. But I am encouraged not only because the rejection included the sentence, “Please feel free to submit other work to us in the future” — which I will, thanks! — but because I had not one hurt feeling about it. I love this particular story, and I believe in it. But I can dig that it might not be a good fit for a particular market. Just need to send it out again.
Check it out. This is me showing signs of epidermis ossification. How do you like my alligator skin suit?
Anyway, I’ve decided to start including my “best” stats in the Captain’s Log in an effort to motivate myself to beat my own records. Feel free to give me your stats to
shame me encourage me to work harder.
- Best Daily Word Count (fiction only): 3,915 (February 27, 2011)
- Best Weekly Word Count (fiction only): 12,787 (January 3-9, 2010)
- Best Weekly Work Hours: 33 (February 27 through March 4, 2011)