Word Tracking

Long time no read, sorry I’ve been pretty busy. Have been writing and reading, so that’s a plus. Thought I would share how I track everything word wise.

I am a tracker, I like to have a visual of my progress and love excel. I know there are others out there so naturally, I hunted the internet for different templates, but none really felt right for me. I would tweak the templates for a better fit, but still not right for me.

It took a while to figure out how I wanted everything to work, but finally came up with my daily spreadsheet.

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Just the basics: Code name of the project and how much I wrote in that for the day. Totals for overall and how much I have written per project in that one month. At the bottom I decide on a goal, keep an overall running total and then how much more I need to go. January was obviously a bit of a slow month as I only barely reached my goal.

Then, I wasn’t just satisfied with the daily numbers. I wanted to expand and see both monthly and yearly. It was a pain to figure out how to get the totals to show up on a different spreadsheet, but had a hay day when I got it where I wanted them.

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It’s simple and similar to the daily. Track the projects and number of projects I’ve worked on in the year (better understood for later) and pull the totals for the month from the daily page. It ends in totals for both monthly and project wise throughout the year. If they are blacked out as three of them are for January, that means I didn’t work on those projects at all that month.

The yearly page is my favorite because I have pulled the yearly totals used another formula for words per page and created charts to better visualize my work. This helps motivate me to work on different projects because I can see where I am putting most of my concentration and which books seem to be falling by the wayside.

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#Burned

Currently Reading: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and A Storm of Swords (Song of Fire and Ice book 3) by George R.R. Martin

Books Read: 10

TBR List: 4999

Words Written:

 

Well the new year is off to a good start writing and reading wise. I haven’t made many new posts on here though. I also haven’t written anything more on Finding Family. So I’m feeling a bit bad on the resolutions I made.

I’m also beginning to feel burned out with my writing again. I don’t know if it is I’ve just been putting too much into this one story I’ve started, my meds have stopped working or what but I’m having issues continuing writing for the past couple of days.

Upside though, I have two books very close to publishing. I think that is a good start to the year. More than last year.

I have picked out the book I’m going to work on for Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I would just like a better title for it, but I kind of love the title I have picked out at the same time.

Fuller House Flip or Flop?

Season 2 was just released a couple of days ago and everybody has been binge watching. Myself included, but as with Season 1 it is painfully obvious that the writers have no clue about the original series. Yes, this is not going to be a “happy go watch the show” post. There are so many things wrong that tick me off.

Starting with the biggest thing that irks me: Kimmy Gibbler. By the end of the original series she was bugging me because there was no character development with her then and for the most part, there still isn’t any character development. She is still the dumb best friend comic relief. There are small moments of maturity, but even those are marred by sheer dumb luck. Further perpetuating the stereotypical dumb blonde.

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In contrast to prove my point about her, at the high school reunion they brought Duane back. The boyfriend who used to say “Whatever” all the time. He matured and made something of himself. Yes, Kimmy was still able to turn him into a big pile of “whatever” goo but that was because I think he still has a crush on her, or that is what we are supposed to think. In any case he went from caveman, to normal human person! Kimmy is still an idiot.

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The crass, dirty jokes that are part of “aging with the original audience.” The original audience grew up with clean, family friendly jokes. Some may have been aimed at the parents, but were never so openly in the gutter. One instance that sticks out most right now is in Season 2 Episode 1. Fernando is wearing Kimmy’s robe. It is too small and right away you know he is going to bend over and his junk is going to be exposed. In the original, this would have been done with more finesse, showing him bending forward with junk away from camera. Today the junk is blocked out in full view of the audience. Oddly enough I can’t find a screen grab of the scene, but it happened.

Then, with the crass and lazy humor, there is the full on shock value of same sex kisses exchanged by hetero characters. Kimmy and Stephanie, a couple of times.

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Matt and Steve

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And while there have not been full out kissing between the three, but Fuller House has completely perverted the platonic relationships between Danny, Jesse and Joey. Almost every scene they are in together, the script alludes to them being together. Watching the original series, you know there was nothing like that going on. It would have been ok, but I don’t think that anyone would have even thought about it if Bob Saget hadn’t said that he took the part because he thought it was about being progressive and was “three men in a relationship raising kids.” This was revealed in the Lifetime Movie Network “documentary” about how the series got started.

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Poor Becky has been turned into a baby hungry robot. I swear every other word out of her mouth has been “baby” the other word being “want.” I think the writers finally got tired of hearing it too and gave into her demand by letting her adopt a child at the end of season two. Now what are they going to do with her character? Is she going to demand another child? One of their own? Or is she going to talk Stephanie into letting her be a surrogate?

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Speaking of Stephanie, Oh my God! They have turned her into a slut. Not only have we seen her go through a few on the show, it is alluded to her going through them like a diabetes in a candy store while she was working as a dj. Obviously she has been characterized as the female version of Jesse before he settled down with Becky, but really? Let’s make her a slut in order to replace the Jesse from season one of Full House.

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Given her the inability to have children and paired her up with a nimrod who was invented for this part. He was never mentioned in the original series, Kimmy only had an older brother named Garth and possibly younger sisters.

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Let’s not forget the numerous slight of hand jokes shoved down our throats and aimed at the Olsen Twins. We get it they didn’t want to do the show and everyone is upset. They didn’t want to do the show, get over it and move on. Their little sister at one point said she would step in for them. Let her. If not use another actress or leave Michelle where she is. Stop hounding the twins and the audience like we can do something about it.

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The new kids don’t really bother me too much. Jackson can be a brat off and on, I’m waiting to pass judgement on the middle son because I think they are building up for something with him and if they lead us in the wrong direction with him, I will be pissed. The babies can’t do any wrong, they are babies. Ramona…I don’t have bad or good to say about her. She is just there. Same as the “Popco(?)” and “Lola” characters. They don’t add much but they don’t take away much either. 

And is New Kids on the Block going to be replacing the reoccurring roles of the Beach Boys? If so couldn’t you have picked a better band? They kind of suck

I’m pretty sure there is more, but that’s all I can think about right now. My wine is clouding my memory. Anyone else think the new series is going down the toilet?

Death to all #PlotBunnies

It is #NaNoWriMo, and all of a sudden these evil little Plot Bunnies are attacking me. In the past 16 days I have started not one, but THREE new stories on top of the 13 I have already been working on! Yes, the other day I finished one that I have been working on for the better part of two years but still! The total is now 15 and I have a feeling it is not going to get smaller, but grow before the month is over.

That Time of the Year Again!

Not that time…yet! In less than 48 hours #NaNoWriMo begins and authors everywhere make reservations for psych wards come December 1st.

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So what is everyone doing for this year’s novel? I am somewhat cheating. For the past two years I have tried focusing on just one novel for the whole month, but have never finished them by the end of November. I came very close (two or three words! 😡 ) to finishing during one of the #CampNaNoWriMo’s but just couldn’t do it. I run into never ending writer’s block for that book and focus on other WIP’s. This year I am just focusing on writing 50,000 words period. I got the idea from my friend Zoe Ambler who did this during #CampNaNoWriMo, I can work on all of my WIP’s and still meet the 50K goal.

So Good Luck to everyone!

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Cursed Cross

I have a friend, call her Lisa. Lisa is not religious, but wears a cross around her neck. She likes what it represents and gives her a sense of…something transcendent that no one can describe.

It is just a simple silver Irish cross on a simple silver chain hanging around her neck. Lisa hates anything too tight around her neck, so the chain is on the looser side with no fear of choking her. At least there shouldn’t be.

Lisa can wear it for months, only taking it off to shower, with no problems. One morning she will wake up because the chain has grown tight. Squeezing her throat shut in her sleep.

She’ll wake up and adjust it, but it still feels tight. The links rub and grind into her skin causing a rash, even breaking and drawing blood in places. No other necklace she owns will do this.

When the cross becomes too tight, she will take it off and hide it but without it on she feels vulnerable. To what she doesn’t know, she just HAS to wear it. So after a day or two, Lisa will put it back on and wait for the next time it tightens and tries to kill her.

At least she used to, Lisa died of strangulation last night. She left a strange note giving the necklace to me…

#Musical Monday Top 50 Musthaves in My #Writing playlist Pt. 1

Ok I know it’s #Musical Monday, but I am running on no sleep (can’t sleep for some reason) and it’s hot and humid out, which is making me cranky and sweaty :(. So I’ve decided to do a rundown of my top 50 songs I can’t live without or write without. I’m not going to have a video link for all 50 (that’s insane) but I will send a link to the older, more obscure or just really killer ones. These of course are in no particular order.

1. Alanis Morresette “You Oughta Know”

2. Bon Jovi “Living on a Prayer”

3. Linkin Park “Papercut”

4. Nickelback “How You Remind Me” (yes I listen to Nickelback and love them!)

5. Madonna “This Used to be my Playground”

6. (Movie Cast) Chicago “Cell Block Tango”

7. Bob Marley “Buffalo Soldier”

8.  Barry Manilow “Weekend in New England”

9. Elvis Presley “Wooden Heart”

10. Old Crow Medicine Show “Wagon Wheel”

11. Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall”

12. REO Speedwagon “Heard it From a Friend”

13. Pearl Jam “Last Kiss”

14. Matchbox 20 “Bed of Lies”

15. 5 for Fighting “Drops of Jupiter”

16. Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”

17. Rick Astley “Never Going to Give You Up”

18. Korn “Twisted Transistor”

19. Melissa Etheridge “I’m the Only One” (ultimate breakup song!)

20. Poison “Fallen Angel”

21. Sylvia “Nobody”

22. ICP (AKA Insane Clown Posse) Piggie Pie

23. Serj Tankian “Lie Lie Lie”

24. The Eagles “Hotel California

25. Pentatonix “Wizard of Ahhs”

To be Continued…