Not Productive

Today Was A Bust…

 

Today my sister and I went to Barnes and Noble. We went about our normal routine; we went to Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast, Starbucks for drinks, and Barnes and Noble to write. However, we weren’t there for any more than an hour when my dad called. We switched from Verizon to Comcast today and with Comet and Chip at home, he didn’t want to shut them in the bedroom and listen to them bark all afternoon. My sister and I ended up going home and taking the dogs to Nanny’s house where we stayed for about an hour and a half. They have no wi-fi, either so we couldn’t work on our writing at all.

By then, the guy was still at our house, but I had to go to work. So we went back to my house, leaving the dogs, I grabbed my things and went to work. When I got home from work, I had to re-connect the internet and now my laptop is being extremely slow. I assume it’s just trying to get used to the new connection, or I’m hoping so anyway. However, I am in no mood to write now.

While we were at Barnes and Noble, I did write a tiny bit, but it was under 1,000 words. And I never wrote yesterday, so I feel like I’m a bit behind. And because of that, I’m beginning to get annoyed at my writing. I have three novels completed and never bothered to edit any of them.

Well, that’s not true. I’m on the seventh draft of Diary of a Lover, but I never once edited Hunter, which I finished back in August of 2011. Saving Each Other I just finished less than a month ago, so I’m not going to get back into that just yet…I’m kind of sick of those characters.

However, I do have three children’s books that are completed, edited and all, but I don’t bother trying to get them published. Why? I don’t know. That’s what I think I’m going to do when I finish this post. I think I’m going to try searching for publishers and such. At least if I get those three children’s books out there, I would get my foot in the door for whenever I publish a novel, the extra money would be a plus, and maybe it would motivate me a little more to get something else out there.

I asked my sister to edit Hunter the other day. She hasn’t started, yet, but I’m hoping that once she edits it, it will motivate me to edit it and keep at it. Honestly, I wrote that so long ago I don’t even remember what happens in the book. It’s quite sad.

I told myself that, because I’m so into The Blank Page right now, I’m going to finish it. Then once I finish it, I’m going to work strictly on editing for a little while. I know my new year’s resolution was to write more, but editing is a big part of writing, even if I’m not adding word after word after word. It’ll suck because I absolutely hate editing, but if it needs to get done, then I’m going to get it done.

I’m not going to write anymore tonight because I am just not in the mood and I know if I force myself, I’m going to mess up the entire novel. Hopefully, I’ll get back into it tomorrow morning. I had a good routine going: I woke up early every morning, worked on my websites for a bit, wrote for an hour, and then posted on here. I have not done that since Tuesday…but Tuesday I had no school and no work and nothing to do, so I kind of wanted to take advantage of the fact that I could have stayed in bed for the entire day. With all the crap I have been doing lately, no one can blame me for that.

On a good note, I did start my resolution about reading more. Does everyone know the series Warriors by Erin Hunter? Well, there are so many books that I have lost count, but I do have most of them. I have read a few, but I decided to re-read them…especially because one of my RPG websites are based after this series. Last year, I read the first five books, so I decided to start reading them again starting with the sixth book. If I didn’t have work or anything else going on in my life right now, I would have finished it the day I started it. But we’ll take baby steps.

I’ll talk to you all tomorrow…hopefully after I write for an hour. I have work at 1:30 tomorrow, so if I get up early enough maybe I can do a little extra. That would be nice!

 

2013: 13,645 Words Written
2013: 183 Pages Read

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Food & Drink

Nom, Nom, Nom….

 

One word: Coffee.  Remember how I said that my sister and I love to go to Barnes & Noble to write?  Remember I said that she and I always get Starbucks while we’re there?  The people behind the Starbucks counter know me there because that’s how much we go there.  It’s terrible, if you think about it…Starbucks is so unhealthy for you and think of all the money I have wasted at that place?  Sad thing is I don’t really care because it tastes absolutely wonderful!

I only write in two places: home or at Barnes & Noble.  I tend to not be able to write unless I have something else to distract my hands with…a drink.  Every once in a while I am able to give my hands that five-second break of typing only to fill my mouth with fabulous caffeine.  At Barnes & Noble, I get Starbucks, Starbucks, and more Starbucks.  At home, we have a Keurig coffee machine.  Yes, it is dangerous, but it is just as wonderful as having Starbucks.  The different is I only buy one drink at Starbucks: it’s loaded with caffeine and it’s expensive.  At home, I may have up to 100 cups of coffee per day.  It’s free and I can get decaffeinated K Cups to drink.

When I am at school, and I have free time in between classes with no homework to do, I write.  This is very rare, but it does happen sometimes.  I usually bring a cup of coffee with me to school.  Whether I filled up a thermos cup at home with coffee, or my friend and I stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on the way, I usually have coffee.  By the time I get to sit down and write during school is later on in the day.  I get my homework done first.  This is something I hate, but it’s something that I have to do.  Anyway, by that time, my coffee is either all gone or it’s cold.  What do I do then?  I usually bring a water with me to school, as well.  This is in case I end up chugging my coffee on the car ride before I even get to school.  So, I’ll usually drink my water.  I think it’s boring, but that’s what it is.  Or, depending on how much money I have and how much I actually want to spend, I’ll go to a vending machine and get some Root Beer.  You know why I love Root Beer?  Caffeine free.

Despite all the Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and coffee from home I consume, I try to get it all decaffeinated.  I’m hyper enough and never sleep, so it’s not like I need caffeine in my system…

I don’t know what it is, but there is just something that makes me crave coffee or something of the sort as I write.  It’s like I stated earlier: I need to give my hands that five-second break of typing to grab the cup and feed my belly.

Food?  No, I don’t eat while I write.  I tend to eat a lot of junk food.  I’m also very messy when I eat.  If I don’t want any sort of food residue on my laptop or smudged all over the pages in my notebook, I don’t eat while I write.  I drink while I write and when I take a break from writing after an hour or so, that’s when I make myself something to eat and I watch TV or something before getting back into it.

This, to me, sounds like a good idea.  Eat during breaks, drink while writing.  It’s worked for me, so far.