Friday Fess-Up: July 20th

Happy Friday, Everyone!! We Made it!!!

I honestly shouldn’t feel like making it through to the end of the work week was a particular challenge…seeings as how this week was only three days long for me.

But it was. Nothing like coming back from a mini-vacation to remind you why the hell you left in the first place, right?

So, with having Monday and Tuesday off, this was a particularly productive week. Add in Wednesday Write Club (Is that the name of another Weekly Blog post?) and that made for three, consecutive One-Thousand-Plus word days.

I confess that feels pretty good.

I also confess that the return to “Reality” was kind of a downer.

I also, also confess that Past Me kinda screwed Present Me when it came to getting enough sleep this week.

Monday and Tuesday were awesome. Hands down awesome. I got my – what is becoming increasingly apparent – necessary eight hours of sleep. I did the morning things, then went upstairs to write.

I kept at it until I had somewhere between  650 to 800 words or so. It took me, say, a couple of hours (I confess I wasn’t paying attention).

By that time, I was ready to get up and start moving around (Now-a-days my tolerance for sitting in one place is about two hours). I grabbed lunch, then went outside to do chores.

After that, I came in, showered, and I went back upstairs for another writing session!

That took the total to somewhere over one Thousand words for the day.

After that, I had time for other stuff. I did dishes, Laundry, went for a 3 mile walk, fired up the grill for dinner, I did a load of stuff.

It was a tantalizing look at what my life might look like as a full time writer.

Then I went back to work and “The Schedule” reasserted itself. I got the third Thousand word day courtesy of Write Club after work Wednesday.

But there was a price to pay. My currency? Time.

I got back home later than usual on Wednesday, which bunched up the usual weeknight stuff: Dinner, family time, etc.

I got to bed late.

And that’s what started the slide. I skimped on the amount of sleep I was getting and, on Thursday, I could feel the drain on the drive home.

I certainly felt it this morning when I got up to write.

So there’s definitely some work-life-writing balance stuff that needs to be tweaked.

If I can, I’d like to keep up the kind of numbers I was seeing earlier in the week. Not that I’m unhappy with the rest of the week’s numbers: 598 words on Thursday. 780 words this morning.

Every step forward is a step forward, but I would like to manage a thousand words a day consistently, if I can swing it.

But not at the expense of sleep.

It’s something that I’m going to have to figure out.

Never stop learning, that’s the thing.


Be sure to stop by on Sunday for the regular (These are all becoming regular, aren’t they?) blog post.

Be sure, also, the check out the Freebies Page for story Excerpts.

Be safe Y’All.