Progress – March 5, 2018

It’s a good thing that my love for creating far outweighs my desire to inflict destruction.

This last week in fighting over my domain names, I have wanted to put on my black hat and hack a certain web hosting company to shreds. Rather, I tried to just be annoying. The squeaky wheel gets the oil and all. Unfortunately, That has brought me no luck. Damn, I was hoping they would just hand over the information I needed so I’d go away.

But in constantly knocking at their door, I found myself losing a lot of time and energy. I have gotten nothing else done that I really needed to be working on.

Adrian told me I couldn’t include the word count on a very angry email I unwillingly had to write because I couldn’t get a response out of a company I’ve been doing business with for over a decade. To make it worse, I lost what I’d dictated earlier in the day. All those words, gone. Shakespeare would totally agree with me about that being a true tragedy.

He also wouldn’t let me include the word count from a second email. Two nights I wrote words that I pitched out to thin air. Yeah, that pisses me off.

Seeing how much time I was losing, I decided that I needed to refocus. If I was going to lose time, then it might as well be on something that needed to be done. I got my new website running for my comics. It doesn’t work as well as I had hoped, but it will do, especially in light of all that has been going on.  (Hey, Suckers at the web hosting company, by ignoring me, you gave to time to be rational about what needed to be done and I got all my important stuff off my websites. In your face, man!) Yep, I would have lost everything if I’d just transferred my domains and closed my account before taking a moment to realize that I had a lot of text with my posts, especially on Rockin’ Life.

I do still need to go through posts on my site. I think I’ll copy important posts to a Word document and save it, but I suspect that in the end I will not be continuing this site. I will let it go.

This is certainly not what I wanted to be doing at this time of year.

While I haven’t gotten as much done this week as I would have hoped, I still did get daily writing done. Even after writing two emails lost to cyberspace.

On Onesong, just as a reached 140,000 words in the story, I realized that I was going in a wrong direction. Yes, some of the things I’d been writing had given me food for thought — there are some things I really need to dive deeper into or at least contemplate. But my gut just told me I couldn’t continue it. I have no idea how much I’ll have to cut at this point, but I definitely have some pruning to do to get back to the part of the story that felt right. I trust the process.

I also worked on Stonecharmer. I need a moment to go back and re-read what I have written. But I have several stories that are sitting at that point.

As for my children’s story, well, that decision became easy. I went looking for the story I really wanted to work on so I could start dividing pages, and discovered that I don’t have a digital version. It’s only on paper. So I went to the other option, which got scanned in and cleaned up last summer. But I didn’t get much further than that.

Thanks to still having head congestion, I haven’t been working too much on audio this last week. I’ve been doing some story cleanup and merging voices into chapters — things I don’t have to have real clear hearing for.

Well, wish me luck for this next week. I really would love to have this whole domain mess cleared up. I have better things to be doing than wasting my time over someone who wants to be a baby over losing business rather than being a professional.

Let’s see what I got done:

Fiction words written last week: 4,924 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,619 words

Writing month to date total:  30,474 words words for February, 3,678 so far for March – my writing streak for hitting my daily word goal is now at 61 days (which was a stretch to keep this streak up this week) and hitting the weekly goal for the last 9 weeks.

Writing year to date total: 70,446 words

Drawing/painting last week: I spent about 2 and a half hours working on Rockin’ Life and Weblinks.

Audio: I spent 2 editing audio.