Mondays, Eh?

When I worked, Mondays were a thing to dread. Not because I always had Sundays off, but because my Mondays were generally extremely early in the morning. Often I would have to be up and moving less than eight hours after I got off work the night before. Brutal. But now that I’m retired, Mondays have become just another day to be productive. I can wake up early, I can sleep in for hours, and it doesn’t matter. Because Mondays are my days. All the days are my days. And it feels so good.

On that note, today was an extremely productive day. I left the house at around 11:30am to go to a coffee shop and write. I was only there for about an hour and a half and it was so good. Granted, I don’t think I had enough writing planned for today. I think I need to increase how much story I work on on Mondays. Still, by 2pm, I was done everything, and it felt good.

Mondays aren’t so bad when you’re retired. But right now, I’m wiped and so I’m going to pass out and hope that I have as productive of a day tomorrow.

Bullet Journal

Honestly, I thought that I had blogged yesterday. I even checked it off in my agenda. I guess my brain was not working the last night. What can you do, though?

I did have an amazing productive day yesterday, non-withstanding the lack of brain power in the late evening. I managed to get through reviewing all fourteen of my characters in my current story. I think it was in large part because of a very interesting tool that I started to use yesterday.

I’ve known about Bullet Journalling for some time now. I’ve looked into it and have always been interested it in, but I’ve never really thought it would work for me. Not because of the actual system, but because of the set up, I guess. You know how those adult colouring books exist to calm you and get rid of your anxiety? Well, looking at them causes me more anxiety. The thought of setting up a bullet journal just always caused me low key anxiety. My writing isn’t the nicest, and I feel like bullet journals are all about the pretty. However, lately as I’ve been looking into it more, I started to think that maybe I could use some of the bullet journal ideas to help me track my writing. Sure, I have my agenda to keep track of what I need to do, but now, as I’m going through and reviewing my characters and settings, I want to have a way to track how many times I’ve gone through it. And here comes the habit tracker, or a variation of it. I wrote down all my characters and put four squares beside each one. Each time I go through it, I get to fill in a square. I really like filling in those squares, so much that I went through all fourteen of my characters. And now, any time I look at that page, I’ll quickly be able to see how many times I’ve gone through whatever it is I’m reviewing. I quite like it. I think I’ll probably do other habit trackers or equivalent for other things that I want to track, like H2O consumption, but I don’t know that I could ever fully move out of my current agenda, because I like the structure. We’ll see, though. I’ve ordered a bullet journal and once it arrives, I’ll get started on that.

Unfortunately, after such a productive day yesterday, I did absolutely no writing. It was probably a good thing, though, because I needed to get out of the house. I spent so much time sitting yesterday that I thought my muscles might atrophy or something. But, I did get my agenda filled out tonight, so I am ready to hit the ground running and start the week on a strong note.

And Then It Was Friday

I think I’ve said this before, but Friday is a bit of a waste of a day for me. Even when I have the best intentions, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything that I need to get done. I think it’s because on any given day, even when the first person gets home from work, I can keep writing. I can yell a quick hello, and then just keep writing, or at least finish up what I am doing. On Friday’s, though, things are different. Friday’s are Dungeons and Dragons nights and when people start rolling into the house, it’s social time. And today, my time was even further shorted by the fact that I slept in until 12:30pm. Yes, that late. It was great though and much needed, I think. I’ve been fighting off a potential cold, or something, and that sleep helped fend that off. It was nice, too, because I had some lengthy and in-depth dreams. I love having great dreams.

As a result, though, I didn’t get any writing done today. Still, I’m not bummed about it. I was able to get one of my “assignments” done last night, which made today not such a loss. Also, the two things that were remaining to be done, are just reviews, so it’s something I can easily flip on to another day. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the progress that I made this week. I’m hoping that I can sustain this momentum over the next week, and the week after, and the week after, until I wake up on day and I have a full story written out in front of me.

Keep On Keeping On

Today was one of those days where I thought nothing was going to get accomplished. I woke up relatively early, but managed to spend the morning and early afternoon eating and laying in bed. I mean, it was a good way to spend the day, but it definitely wasn’t productive at all. I rallied in the latter half of the afternoon, though and managed to get through all four of my writing projects by around 5pm, which is only an hour later than I usually try to get my stuff done. After that, I reverted to sloth mode for another three hours before finally feeding myself and then going out to do a quick bit of grocery shopping.

In good news, I’m on a roll with this story lately. This evening, I even managed to get through one of the projects that I have planned for tomorrow. And it feels so good. I’m pulling together story lines and connecting the characters in new ways. I was really afraid that I was going to have a hard time getting into this story, and that I was going to sit around for six months with nothing to show, but even though I’ve had some weeks off and some time where I just wasn’t able to write, I’m happy with the progress. And yes, sometimes it feels overwhelming, unending, and anxiety inducing, but days like this makes it all worth it. It makes it feel like there is an end in sight and that I can do this, and that one day I’ll get to walk into a bookstore, and instead of just finding the place where my book would go, I’ll actually get to see where my book is. Yes. That’s the dream I’m chasing.

Such Little Progress

You know when you’re doing something and it just feels like you are bashing your head against a brick wall? That’s how it’s been with me and this one place that I am trying to create. I’m definitely getting there with it. I have put lots of words on paper, though I’m not sure that they’re the best, but what can you do? What’s important is that I’m getting things down. Slowly, like pulling out teeth, I am dragging this story place out of my brain. But it’s hard. It’s so hard. A lot of the time when I create places or characters, I can close my eyes and see them. I can walk through the halls and breath in the life of the place, or I can sit down with the character and get to know them better. For some reason, this hasn’t been the case with this place that I’m creating. I think the problem is that, when I first conceived of this story, this particular place was much different. It’s location was different, it’s part in the story was different, and while what it did is still the same, it fits into the story in a different way now. It’s evolved within the story, but it hasn’t evolved in my head. Lame. I think that’s why I’m struggling so much. I’ve been developing the story so much that this building just kind of fell by the wayside. I wish it was something unimportant so that I could just do some minimal stuff and brush it aside, but unfortunately, it’s a location that is going to be quite prevalent in the first book. SO I CAN’T EVEN DO A BIT NOW AND THEN COME BACK TO IT. BOOOOOO!!!

Oh well. It is what it is. I’ve made a lot of progress today, but it’s still not quite where I want it to be. Slowly, I’m starting to see it when I close my eyes, though. Slowly. I can almost walk those halls and look out the windows at the surrounding environment. And this is why I keep bashing away at the keyboard every day on this and just hope that it works out.

In other news, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, but with a good night of sleep last night, I am feeling on the up and up. I think once I get whatever this is out of my system it’ll make things better, too. Also, I’ve accepted that I’m a night owl now. I’m just going to go with it. Off I go to sleep now. No. I’m lying. Off I go to write some more and then fall asleep at like 3am, as usual.

Almost

Well, today was a day that I wasn’t quite as productive as yesterday. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, and this afternoon it hit my hard. My body was aching and I started to get all snuffly. Terrible. I hydrated like crazy and ate some crackers. I was feeling better, but now, as the hours have passed, I’m starting to go downhill again. And I’m exhausted, which means that when I do get to sleep tonight, I am planning on sleeping in as late as possible.

Progress today was questionable. I managed to get almost everything I wanted to get done today, but not quite. I did a stupid thing where I didn’t look at my agenda and thought that I remembered what I wrote down. So I ended up doing something that I was supposed to do tomorrow instead of what I was supposed to do today. Oops! So I did the correct number of things, but not the correct things. Oh well. I had to move a few things around as well. There were some things that I worked on that I wasn’t quite happy with, but I kept what I wrote and then I added some of the things that I want to revise on to other days. My progress wasn’t as great as yesterday, but I’m still happy with what I got done.

My brain is having a few issues stringing words together, so I think this is it for me tonight.

Prepped

They say that the key to success is planning. If that’s the case, I’m about to have a very successful week. After a solid week of nothing written in my agenda, this coming week is totally booked up. I’ve even colour-coded everything to make it easier to follow along. Plus, I added some stickers and washi tape so I’ll be excited to open it up, or something like that.

What does my week look like?

Well, I’m still typing stuff up, but I’m coming to an end on that. According to my planning, it looks like I have about eight more people or places to write up. For the most part, they’re things that I actually need to create. I have a few notes written down for these things, but it’s probably going to take me a while to get through them because it’s not just straight copying from my notebook to my computer. What I tried to do, though, was pair up two items per day, one that needs very little work, and one that I need to spend a lot of time with. In one case, there’s something that I just really don’t want to work on, mostly because I don’t know very much about the character I have to write about, so I paired it with one of my characters that I’m more excited to write about. It’s these little things that keep me going.

I’ve also put in a lot of review for this week. Well I put down reviewing the book plot every day, because I feel like I’m missing stuff out for it. Then I have a few other things I want to look at before I read through everything. If it all works out, at the end of the week, I think I’ll be in great shape. If I’m happy with the way the plot for the first book is going, I’ll move on to the second book next week and I should be able to figure out if I’m still going for a trilogy or not. By the end of the month, I could very well be on to writing. And that’s exciting and also nerve-wracking because it’s been so long since I’ve just sat down and gone to town on the keyboard. I feel good, though. And I feel prepared, and I think that’s what’s helping me be calm.