- Deep Point of View by Marcy Kennedy
- Writing Deep Point of View by Rayne Hall
- Deep Point of View (Worksheet) by Camy Tang
Woke up a few minutes before 5…and decided that I’d just stay up because I didn’t want to risk waking up later feeling groggy and heavy. I still have a hint of the headache I had last night that I suspect might be from eyestrain. Drinking some lime with hot water, mostly to hydrate me and so I can drink coffee later without my stomach doing somersaults and twisting inside out.
Red sent me a link about deep POV so that’ll be something to check out during my breaks. I also got some books on Kindle:
I need to check out the Camy Tang book because it says it’s a worksheet…? Wonder how that works. I tried to see if there was a companion book on Amazon, but it was just the worksheet…maybe I should just open the book and see what it’s all about.
Got a new keyboard (think I’m working on #6 now) off Taobao and it supposed arrived in HZ yesterday morning, which means that I would’ve gotten it delivered by yesterday afternoon, but that was not the case. Obsessively checking Taobao to see if there’s an update and maybe it got held up at the Fuyang post office, like my box of coconut water. Now, that’s a confusing situation if I ever saw one. (Seriously, you deliver to my apartment building, but then you change your mind, take it back to the post office, and THEN bring it back at 7PM? Wtf, China?)
I haven’t written any substantial words in a few days, so I’m raring to go. I need to check out the POV books for some input before I start. Maybe I can glean something useful in the next half hour.
Speaking of which, I’m supposed to get the Thinkpad today, so I guess it came just in time. Crossing my fingers in hopes it won’t get held up at the post office like the keyboard. Assuming the keyboard is still at the post office and didn’t get snatched…
So, today’s looking like a pretty busy day.
Writing from 7-9, breakfast from 9-10 (will do the microwaved “fried” eggs, again, maybe put plastic wrap over it to keep it from exploding all over the microwave), editing from 10-12, lunch and a power nap, and then writing again from 2-4. Dunno what I’m going to have for dinner. I’ve kind of reached the point where I don’t really live for food anymore, it’s just something that’s kind of annoyingly in the way. I might just make some rice and then heat up some packaged curry and eat that with benishoga. Dinner, we might go out and get BBQ.
Okay, got my coffee and I’m ready to dig into the writing for the day. This’ll be weird. I’m hitting the “rough patch” of SUMMER LOVER, but it just means I’m going up the hill and it’s going to be a battle. I hope I can close the day out with 4.8k…but we shall see!
The time right now is 11:14 and I’ve got around 2.4k to my name. But I also did some editing, and even if I don’t get any more writing done, I think I’ll be okay with that. Did some promo work, did some art, had a small dinner date with husband…I think everything is okay today. Tomorrow, hopefully, it will be sunny so I can hang the laundry outside.
Got my new keyboard and I like it a lot! It’s definitely quiet, but I also got the new Thinkpad too, so now I have no excuse NOT to do some form of work no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
Starting to think I need to buy another cushion, since the one I bought seems to have been claimed by the cats. Sigh. I get the feeling that no matter how many cushions I buy, they will simply requisition them until I am left with sitting on newspapers.
Reorganized my writing space, which always makes me feel good and planted my herbs. Today, I’m going to plant the perilla/shiso and see if I get anything this year. I’ve already told David that I probably won’t go to Chicago this year. Got way too much to do. I can’t play if I don’t work and so far, I haven’t really worked.
Yesterday, no extra words, but I blame my really shitty sleep schedule then. Today, though, I only woke up at 5:30AM, so maybe I got around 5-6 hours of sleep, woohoo. That’s not too bad. I might take a power nap around 2 or 3, depending on how much work I get done.
I’m trying to get SUMMER LOVER finished by this weekend, but I’m apparently not trying too hard if I’m skipping days without any words. Today, I’d love to get another 6k again…I guess I should just get to it instead of procrastinating by posting here. I need to go to miniso tonight and pick up some more wall hooks to correspond with my new writing space. I have another class today and we’re going to do the rpg thing again, which I thought worked out really, really well. I decided to bring the candy back home and I’ll just be taking a bit every class because I have the sneaking suspicion someone keeps sneaking candy from my stash. Which normally I wouldn’t mind, but most people aren’t considerate enough to refill it when they can.
Okay, got to get the rice started, brb…
Okay, cleaned up the kitchen a bit, have kimchi stew bubbling on the stove and the rice is going to be done soon, so after I eat, I’m going to get to my writing. Also finished the rest of the gardening, so that’s good. The next major task will be the laundry, so I’ll probably hang that up outside, since it’s so bright out and hopefully it’ll be done by tonight.
And yes, my life really is this boring 😀
So I caved and ended up getting the new keyboard I’ve been eyeing from Miniso. It’s definitely lower quality than my gold Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse set, but I’m kind of concerned why the Logitech keyboard’s letters are already starting to fade, even though I’ve only had it for less than 6 months Now, I’m starting to wonder if I bought a very well-made fake. One of the many pitfalls of living in China, unfortunately.
No writing yesterday, was too busy prepping for a get-together last night I ended up leaving early from because I was bored. I want to write today, but I’m already yawning and shit, ick. It is really hot out and humid. I do not like. Can’t believe I’ve signed up to do this all summer this year. But then again, I do prefer summer heat over winter chill. Picked up an ice pillow for Dave at Miniso, but then I just realized that he’s going to be gone for most of the summer…oops. Or he can just take it with him to the States and hopefully doesn’t forget to bring it back. But, even if he does, it’s only 15 rmb, so no big loss, I suppose.
I decided I wasn’t going to go back to America this summer when I bought a bunch of seeds and dirt from Taobao. I bought some basil, peppermint, and some other stuff as well as some planters, just in case we need more. I really want to make an herb garden this year, even though I hope we’re gone next year. Whatever the case, I hope this coming school year will be the last school year for us here in China.
Okay, I’m going to leave in about half an hour, once the sun goes down and hopefully it gets a little cooler. Thankfully, it looks like things are going to get a lot cooler this coming week, so I’ll be looking forward to that. I’ve got classes to teach on Monday and Wednesday and since the RPG thing worked out so well on Wednesday (Instead of just handing out questions, I decided to approach it from a JRPG view, having my students adopt different classes and defeating monsters), I think I’m going to do that for Monday’s class as well. Hopefully class will be better and I get better classes next semester. I need to start making treasure chests and whatnot…must research this.
Ugh, so busy, so many different projects to work on.
Yesterday, only got 3k. To be honest, I’m grateful I got that much, but I’ve really got to step up my game for the next few days if I want to get this finished and submitted in time for the summer charity antho.
That being said, I had an extremely late start today. When I saw Dave off to work, I went back to sleep and didn’t really start to function until after noon. I ordered some food, then I packed up my laptop with the purpose of working outside, but after I bought the snacks for Dave’s class trip, I decided that I didn’t want to be outside the house where I cannot control my environment. So, I just bought some cakes for 60 rmb (it would’ve cost me 60 just for a coffee and a cake from SB; so I decided to buy 4 from the café across the way) and came home. Had some coffee with a piece of cake, have Markiplier playing on the TV in front of me, and got lots of kitty lovings. Honestly, I love petting my cats. It makes me so happy and content.
Dave isn’t going to come home until 7or so and he’ll be gone from tomorrow morning to maybe Saturday night or even Sunday, so I’m going to take advantage of him leaving to get writing finished outside of my usual writing hours.
I really hope I can finish this story by Sunday.
Once I finish it and get it out for edits, I think I’m going to start working on a bunch of other different projects, but seeing as how they’re not on a deadline, I’ll be working on all of them a little by little. Still wanting to work on a series of erotica featuring Tokyo housewives, but geez, it’s hard to write sex and have it not come out stale and dry after the first few times. I really don’t know how successful erotica writers write book after book after book and not have the same scenes recycled over and over again.
Okay, after this entry, I’m going to get started writing. I’ll probably write from 6-7, 8-9, 9:30-10:30 and then after that…who knows. But tomorrow will be filled with lots of writing…I hope. And then this weekend will be much of the same, assuming Dave doesn’t come home until Sunday.
Right, that’s all from me. Even if I get 3k today, I’ll consider that a job well done, but secretly hoping for 5-6k 🙂
Late start today. Had to wake up at 6 to make Dave his lunch and coffee and then when he left I went back to sleep. Woke up around 10:30 ish, had some brunch, and now it’s almost one. I really need to sleep earlier than I did yesterday. I don’t think I fell asleep until 1 or 2 last night and then I kept waking up for random reason. Woke up again at 4:30 something in the morning. AGAIN. WHHHY. Would really like to know why that is. Let’s see if I wake up again tomorrow at that strange time and if I do…well, maybe I should just get the fuck up or something.
Soma and Maize were both on sale on Steam, so guess what I’m going to be playing this weekend. Assuming I can both finish SUMMER LOVER and get my chair back from Gizmo who has commandeered my new chair cushion as well as the chair.
I only got 3k yesterday, so I’m hoping to get another 5k today, but it’s already pretty late and I think it has been evidenced that I write better in the morning…or maybe that’s just because I’m pretty low-energy in the afternoon. Strangely enough, I’m pretty low energy right now, so I just made some coffee and I’m hoping it can keep me awake until 4 or so, when I get my second or third wind.
To be honest, I’m not sure how well my words are going to work out today. I’ve got that big sex scene coming up and that’s going to be weird…considering that I haven’t written a sex scene in third person in quite some time. Actually, I haven’t written a sex scene, a good one, it quite some time and having Markiplier playing Resident Evil on the TV as background noise definitely doesn’t help. Maybe I should play some music or something.
Argh, I’m not ready to start writing. On the other hand, I’m never really ready to start writing.
Okay, I’m already a couple minutes late, mostly because I know it’s going to be hard to write this upcoming scene…
Hah, and I think I’m going to be a bestselling erotica author…HAHAHAHA
I hope to check back in at 3 to say that I’ve got 2.4k to my name.
Whelp, here goes nothing. See you in two hours.
TWO HOURS LATER
Okay, got 2.5k to my name. Going to take an hour break and then do another hour from 4-5, then go out early and maybe grab some lunch at Ajisen or something.
Starting a little late today, even though I woke up earlier…as in I woke up around 4:30 and didn’t go back to sleep. Hopefully not going back to sleep doesn’t come back to bite me on the ass.
Just paid 60 bucks to pick up four course bundles regarding coding on Boing Boing. I definitely want to learn how to code, so I can freelance while writing, raising a kid and generally living overseas. Also, at some point, I do want to learn how to design apps and make games, so that’ll be something fun to do.
Yep, definitely going to start later today, but no class today, so that’s good. The ayi is here now, so I’m going to be kind of scatter-brained, but luckily for me, I’ve only got to write 1.2k an hour. I’ve got five writing sessions planned out for today:
8-9, 9-10, 11-12, 12-1 and 3-4. I should be getting 6k again today, with luck. Also, have to do the laundry, but luckily my food is cooked…kind of. Made banchan in the form of potato strips and eggplant stirfry, and there’s rice leftover from yesterday. I might go to Starbucks around noon for a change of pace…or not.
I’ve got Markiplier’s playthrough of Resident Evil playing in the background, so yeah, I’m definitely going to be distracted. Probably going to be just as distracting as playing Sims, or maybe not, since I don’t actually HAVE to do anything, but watch.
So yeah…600 words every half hour. That’s doable. Still, I’m going to take it half an hour at a time. If I work hard I can get 600 words every fifteen minutes, meaning I can fuck off every half hour, assuming I can get 1.2k every half hour. Probably can’t. If I just keep typing and don’t get too distracted, I should be able to get that much in 40 minutes or so.
I really hope I get the seat cushion today. Okay, I’ve got to start writing in five minutes, but boy am I not prepared. The 100 words are always super hard. Then the first 200 words. After the first 300 words, it gets a little easier, I think, but maybe things are different from time to time. Luckily, though, I still remember the bulk of what I wrote yesterday, so the story is still somewhat fresh in my mind.
One last Facebook check before Freedom shuts it down until 5pm.
Whelp…here goes. I’ll check back in at 10, hopefully with news that I managed to get 2.4k.
Okay, got a little less. Got 2.2k, so got 1k last session, but that was because the ayi was just leaving and I had to leave the desk for fifteen minutes so she could clean up the area. Not to mention, I got a little distracted going on Taobao. Still, not bad. Hopefully I can make up the 200 words next session after I get something to eat.
Whelp…I’m up. Yay and it’s before 7. I might go for a walk after lunch, and tomorrow morning I’ll probably go to the gym around 8ish, but today, since I’ll lose a couple of hours due to teaching, I’m not doing a whole lot away from the computer.
Woke up around 4:54, kind of rolled my eyes “Of course” and then managed to close my eyes again and doze for another 1.5 hours.
Got my coffee with coconut oil so that’ll probably tide me over until 9 or so, upon which I’ll make a cheese omelet with toast and then I’ll work until noon, have a small lunch and then go for a walk for an hour. I’ll be back by 2 or so, so then I’ll spend about an hour reading romance (IT’S FOR RESEARCH AND STUDYING PURPOSES, DAMN IT) and then it’ll probably be three, so I’ll work for another hour, upon which I’ll make dinner and then get to my class. Not sure how I’ll feel afterwards, but it will be eight then, so maybe I’ll just spend the rest of the time with Dave. I might get a couple hundred words on the laptop, but who knows.
So according to this time frame, I will get about 4 hours of straight writing time, minimum. That means as long as I get 1.3k an hour, I can hit my minimum word count in order to finish writing SUMMER LOVER by this Sunday. So, that’s 650 words every half hour. I can do that. I can do that with my eyes closed…as long as I don’t let Sims distract me TOO much. But for the most part, it’s just there as background noise/kind of like an aquarium.
Also, yesterday, I got down a little more than 2k, so that’s good, woo. I’ve still got another 29k more to go, but as long as I can get 4k a day for the next 7 days, I’ll hit my goal. I’m still writing this in a semi linear format, although I may change it up if I ever get bored. But I have to remember…if I’m bored writing this, how will the readers feel? Will they not get bored too?
Okay, I’ve got to write now. Got to get 1.2k until 8 and I’ve got 45 minutes. Not quite Mission Impossible, I think. I’ll check in later around 3 ish to post progress. My plan for today is to get 5k no complaints or excuses!
UPDATE at 9:53am
Coming in at 9:53, with 7 more minutes in my break. I’ve got 2.3 down so far, with another 3 1-hour sessions left to complete. Hoping I can hit 3.6, so that’ll give me 5.9k before I call it a day today. I can do it! Stay focused!
So, from 4 til 5:30, I’m going to make dinner/eat dinner and then I’ll come home around 8ish, so until 10 or so, I’ll work on other projects like drawing or working some more on the Twine project for Zsuzsa.
I’ll come back at 12, hopefully with good news that I got 2.4k!
UPDATE at 3:54pm
So, I didn’t check in at 12, but I did hit my word count. Also, I decided that I was going to stick around for the final 3-4 spring, and I’m proud to say that today was a 6k day. Woo. And it didn’t even feel like it was hard work. Maybe it’s because I just worked at a leisurely pace. I fooled around a lot, played Sims while writing, even sang a bit and I still hit my 1.2k goal an hour. Kind of slow considering that I used to get that much in half that time, but if I can avoid carpal tunnel, I think I can live with that.
The main thing is, can I maintain this pace? I wrote 7-8, 8-9, had breakfast from 9-10, then I wrote from 10-11, 11-12 and then I had a break and ate food until 3 and then had my last writing session from 3-4. I can do more work, but I have class tonight. On the other hand, I won’t have class tomorrow, so I can probably do even more.
Tomorrow, will be a similar schedule. I hope I can get 6k again tomorrow!
As a side note, if I can keep writing 6k, I can finish the first draft in…4 days…so by Friday. Whew. Let’s see if I can say that I’m finished with this first draft by then!
I’ve been up since around four thirty. Don’t know what woke me up…maybe the cats or whatever. It’s clear that I’m not allowed to get a solid eight hours of sleep, maybe not until this weekend and even then it’s iffy. I was thinking about what I want to do with the Fionn Jameson brand. Do I want to continue it? I’d like a more ethnic name that is more true to me, but I’m not sure if I have the courage to start over.
I got sucked into doing some research about Radish Fiction, which is something a friend in Korea told me about. I’m probably not that interested, but I’d like to keep it as an option…a shame he’s not a part of it, though. I guess it’s an app that delivers serial fiction?
In other news, I really need a quieter keyboard. Either that or go upstairs or whatever. I miss Korea, but I’m glad to be home. There’s way too much stuff that I am seriously backlogged on. The novella for the summer antho…omg, am I screwed. I’ve got to finish that by the 15th, if I have any hope of submitting it.
Ugh, too busy, too busy. And I already feel like going back to bed, FAIL. I just might. It’s way too early for me to do anything and I can’t even type as much as I want without worrying that I’ll wake Dave.
Yeah…I think I’m gonna go back to bed.
IN BED… … …
Okay, I’m up now. Ate the leftover soybean soup with rice and some side dishes and was sleepy afterwards, so I heated up the coffee I MEANT to have for breakfast because while it would be great to take a nap and blame everything on my travels, I don’t have the luxury of fucking around anymore (I keep saying this, but reneging, wtf). Added some coconut oil and cream to my coffee and now I’m going to work hard. I’m going to use the focus booster app and try to get down 4 15-minute sessions of writing. Next week, I really want to send over THD #2 for copyedits to Red and work on dev edits for DMR. Not to mention all the other projects I’ve got to finish, arghhhhh.
I’m struggling to keep my head above the water, but I’m not doing too well.
Well, better start kicking to the surface. See you there.
Okay, just took a 2 hour nap and boy did it feel good. Actually, it was longer, maybe closer to 3 or 4, but I definitely needed it. Now I’m up and ready to get some more work done. So far, I’ve got 1k done of SUMMER LOVER and I’m going to write another 1k, closing today off at 2k. Tomorrow, since Dave’s at home, I might go to a coffeeshop like Starbucks and attempt 3k all in the hour and half I have before I have to use the restroom. Man, I miss the public bathrooms in Korea.
Right, that’s all from me. I’m hungry right now. Trying to decide if I should drink a shake, but then I’ve got a class to teach at 6:30 presumably tonight, so maybe just wait an hour and start cooking at 4? I’m thinking of making bibimguksu for dinner tonight. Maybe run over to the veggie store for a fresh break. So far, Day 2 of no meat. Although technically, I had KFC yesterday, so today’s the first full day of no meat. It’s not that I’m particularly politically motivated, but I do feel like vegetarians might be somewhat healthier, and besides meat has a lot of calories. If I were to make a curry without meat, it would have to be with lots of sweet potatoes, carrots and some other kind of vegetable…not sure how I feel about potatoes. So, in order to get the protein I need, I’ll have to consume a lot more eggs and tofu.
Which reminds me, I need to pick up eggs when I go to the store in a little bit.
Have to admit, sometimes it can be hard, really fucking hard to be a writer. In fact, it fucking sucks. Some people, if they don’t like their job, they can just change. That unfortunately, is never an option for me. I’m too invested. Even though I don’t read as much as I used to, I still can’t stop. I probably won’t stop until the day I die. And when I think about the fact that I’m pretty much in this to the very bitter end…well, it is terrifying, no two ways about it.
I got 10k in the last seven days. It seems like 10k a week is fairly common. What a shame. I need to up that to 20k a week. 20k a week means I have to write 2.8k a week, and that would be around 60k a month. I can do 2.8k. I really wish I hadn’t wasted two weeks on drawing. I can’t afford to take breaks like that when this could be my last year to completely devote to writing.
I’ve got to write 3.2k for the next 10-12 days if I want to complete SUMMER LOVER by the 7th, which just might be enough time to get it to a line editor. I won’t have time to get it through to a dev editor. My fault. If I didn’t take 2 weeks off, I would’ve had enough time. I keep sabotaging myself and then wonder why I’m always behind. I really need to get my ass in gear.
Today, I’m going to try to write 3.2k of SUMMER LOVER.
Ick, I am moving very slow today. Went to bed before midnight pretty sure, woke up the same time as Dave at 6:30, but then I felt kind of dizzy and woozy so I went back to sleep. Woke back up around 9:30, took a shower, made breakfast, did dishes, made some coffee and now I’m here. The time is fifteen before 11AM and crap, I should probably go and empty out the litterboxes. BRB.
Yesterday, I feel like I accomplished more than I have in the recent few weeks. Wrote over 2k and did some edits. Yay. Today, I’d like to do that as well. Ugh, I still feel kind of lame. Maybe I’ll go out for a walk after lunch or something. I skipped the gym today. Honestly, all I want to do is just sleep until I feel less woozy…but I’m pretty sure that doing that would just make things even worse. Sometimes I even wonder if I have some kind of weird autoimmune issue…if it can be called that. “Doctor, I think I have a perpetual case of the sleepies…” or something like that. I’m pretty sure I slept through the night. I think.
Okay, I’m not going to do a schedule like yesterday, just a set of goals I’d like to be able to cross off. Also, I’m going to stay off Facebook until tonight because I feel like opening Facebook severely derailed my productivity yesterday.
God, I hope this coffee works. I’m also going to do a bit of singing, and maybe that’ll help me wake up a bit. God, I’d pay a pretty penny just to able to close my eyes and sleep without feeling guilty that I’ve wasted the whole day.
GAAAAHHHHHH. No, I’ve got to shoulder through this. Got a few emails to answer, but I think I’ll save that until the afternoon. I’m seriously thinking of going to Starbucks for a few hours today. I mean, maybe going outside will make me feel like I have more energy? Actually, I think I’m starting to feel a little better, although I don’t know if’s me telling myself I have to nut up or the caffeine.
Okay, so here’s a list of things I need to do:
1. Write 2k of THD #3
2. Write 3k of SUMMER LOVER
3. Draw for an hour
4. Edit for 2 Hrs
5. Teach at 6:30
6. Go for a walk at 7:45 to 8:30
7. Do some slow pilates
That’s it. 5k is still a lot but I think I can get 2.5k an hour as long as I just keep writing, taking short five minutes breaks after the first 1k or so, so I should be able to get down 5k after two hours of just sitting down and writing. I feel like going to Starbuck would help me a lot, but jesus, I really hate that they don’t have a bathroom that’s available to the public.
Okay, I guess that’s enough chattering from me. I’m going to spend half an hour editing and then it’s off to writing I go. I’d like to write from 12-2PM, so let’s see how that goes.
SO SLEEPY THOUGH…T_T must…resist…