On Monday I didn’t read. Instead, I carried around a clipboard and wrote longhand a bit at a time. On Tuesday and Wednesday I wrote like “work” and read during the in-between times of my job and meals.
The verdict? Two days with reading and with writing done during a specific period: about 250 words a day. One day without reading and with writing fit in here and there without any special effort: 650 words. That couldn’t be clearer.
So now I know how I should schedule my writing.
Overall, the WIP has grown by more than 4500 words. Not an enormous amount, but more than the zero that went before! If I can stand not reading, I should make some serious progress.
The other goals are doing okay. Sleep, getting outside, socializing… well, more or less. The mulberries, blackberries, squash and tomatoes in the garden seem happy. The Sunday meeting with Ali Dent and Julia Indigo was a lot of fun.
About the short story epubs: making covers is very time intensive and epubbing each story individually will take more time than I have. If the stories are going to be epubbed at all, they’d better be anthologized. I made another cover for a different crime story a few weeks before ROW80 began, so I’ll start by epubbing a crime anthology and use that cover for it. That means I have to learn how to do a table of contents. Yee-hah!
By S.J. Driscoll