Ciao, amici! You ever have a weird thought pop into your head?
Not sure why I’m asking. If you’re reading this, you’re either a reader or a writer (or both), and both categories of people are known for active imaginations.
I’ve been thinking about my blog. A lot. Mostly the fact that life forced me to take a break from it, and now I’m having trouble getting back into it.
That made me think of the word blog. Which is short for Web Log (which I’m sure you knew).
I don’t really log anything. Not on my blog, and nowhere else. And that’s odd because I’m generally well organized and keep good records. When I was in college, I had a job (two summers) as a bank teller, and if you can’t be organized and log every transaction, you’ll be terrible at your job. I was great at my job. (And I hate math.)
But ask me to keep track of the number of steps I take each day or the number of calories I consume, (the number on the freaking scale), or the number of words I write, and my body shuts down. It’s not difficult to do. It’s a number in a ledger or on a spreadsheet. My tax records are orderly, detailed, complete. I have who I edited for, what the project was, what I earned, when I did it, and a few other categories. The spreadsheet is hyperlinked to other sheets. My accountant loves me.
But a simple “X wotds today” foils me by day three.
I can only assume the things I resist logging are things I’m afraid to fail at. I’d hate to see numbers going in the wrong direction, so I pretend I don’t notice if they do and just go about my day without recording them.
That needs to change.
So, here’s my goal: keep track of this stuff so I remain motivated.
And here’s my request: hold me accountable.
I know this is a Web Log and I know you’re all as busy as I am. I’m not going to post word or editing pages/hours every weekday. But if you don’t hear from me occasionally with some progress to report, call me out on that.
Meanwhile, I’m going to start keeping track (she says optimistically) of even the numbers I’m afraid to face. Hopefully I’ll feel accountable to you and this will make a difference.
Oh, just as an FYI, I still haven’t received the five-book sci-fi series from the editor, so I’m still not certain when those will be released (Astral Conspiracy series under the name D.L. Cross). I hope to at least do a cover reveal soon. I’ve started a new thriller trilogy (with the ability to extend it if I want). I’m not ready to release even the name of that yet, but I’m very excited about it. The first draft of the first novel is complete, but I’m doing a major revision—the biggest revision I’ve ever undertaken. Still, it shouldn’t take me long to complete. And I’ve written two new scenes for it (so far) that are, at least in my opinion, the best things I’ve ever written. More on that to come. This week, I have two edits I hope to complete for clients, so I won’t get much (if any) writing done. But I’m going to start logging my progress!
Okay. That’s it for me. I need to get back into the blog world more often (mine and others), and I need to keep better records. Wish me luck! (And hold my feet to the fire. Mr. Muse has been at the beach. He said I exhausted him and he needed a vacation after drawing me back from the brink. Hopefully he’s back soon and I can stop asking you guys to pick up the slack.)