Writing Journal 2.20.2021: It’s nice that I’m not blowing my journal writing deadlines at least

Well, it appears that reporting a week later than I had been was the way to make sure that I didn’t miss my deadline. Who would have thought that as a possibility?

My writing on my fanfic project continues at a steady clip, although I’m now starting to consider a new fantasy world… of my own design. Although I had some good initial experiments and Wonderdraft is turning out to be a good tool, I had to retool my map. And, I think I’m getting something that has promise… but I’ll talk more about it some other time.

With the school year and COVID still on the warpath, I’m doubting that I’ll be able to get out and about for too much having anything to do with books (mine or anyone else’s) or local writers until summer happens. I’m looking forward to that very much.

There’s more than a couple of snow days I’ve had in the past several weeks. At this point school will be ongoing until the first week of June at the very least, although I think the cold is finally going to lift here pretty soon. It does not really matter to me.

I might have some IRL announcements to make on that level… but not yet; I’ll hold off for a while.

Anyway, here’s the stats. I saw a slight improvement over the previous week’s numbers – hope I do even better this week.

Writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

Week of 2.7.2021:
+3,004 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 150 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

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Public Service Announcement 2.15.2021

For any lost souls that have posted to this blog recently (or not so recently) I apologize if I have not responded in one way or another to your posts. I found a whole bunch of “pending” comments in my folder and I realized not all of them were me reblogging myself.

Be aware that I appreciate any interaction with my page, even if it’s just you taking a look at my ramblings. Hopefully, I can get into the practice of writing more stuff than just writing journal posts and quick stuff, which has dominated things recently.

That’s it. Take care, everyone, and thanks for checking in.

Writing Journal 2.14.2021: I love (yes that’s a Valentine’s Day pun) that I might have this posting thing sorted out…

I think that I figured out that it is a bugger for me to post online the stats of my most recently past week of writing (Sunday to Saturday) the day after that week is over with (the following Sunday). You have to have made sure that you updated your writing journal (how many words written or how much time given to prewriting/revising), then you want to make sure it gets posted by Sunday night so some people actually see it… and then you have to make sure it’s something mildly amusing so that you don’t bore anyone who might be reading….

Anyway, I believe that I have solved this problem. During the week (Monday-Saturday-whenever), I will compile the stats I posted last week (or the last couple/few weeks, lol), and get that ready for posting right away on Sundays.

(The question that suddenly comes to mind is, do I need to post on Sundays? Could I post on Saturdays instead, for example? I just might do that, but since I have the Valentine’s Day’s theme working for me, I won’t do that just yet.)

So, I’m hoping that this will result in more regular postings from me. We shall see.

Here are my stats from the last two weeks. There has been a bit of planning on my end, on this longterm fantasy novel I’ve had in mind. There’s been some IRL issues as well… but I think I’m going to hold off talking about those later. (I and my family are well; they have nothing to do with that.) Keep safe, everyone.

Week of 1.24.2021:
+483 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 4 of 7 for 390 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Week of 1.31.2021:
+2,926 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 4 of 7 for 300 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 1.25.2021: Catching up on January

Yeah, I haven’t been keeping up on the writing journals. I’ve sort of kept up on the writing, just not the journals recently.

General weirdness, not to get too much into IRL stuff. At some point I want to settle into a good routine, but I’m not there yet.

We’ve gotten a lot of snow this week.

OK, I’m going to try and be better at this. For now, I’m just going to lay down my stats for the past three weeks and just go from there. Stay safe, everyone.

Week of 1.3.2021:
+1,204 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 150 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.
Week of 1.10.2021:
+4,049 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.
Week of 1.17.2021:
+5,028 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 1 of 7 for 90 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

2020: A writing year in review – by the numbers

So, it’s been a while since you heard from me.

I have been writing since I went radio silent at the end of December. I will likely do a three-week recap of what I wrote next weekend.

In the meantime, I went over the numbers for this year. I also compared them to the first two full years that I have data regarding my writing output. Basically, I took a slight step back.

You already saw my first half of the year stats. Here are the second half of the year stats and end of year stats for 2020. Just as a reminder, the daily writing goals met (DWGM) percentages are the times where I met my writing quota for a particular day (either 500 or more words written or 30 minutes worth of revisions or planning). They are:

  • Jul:
    • Words: 22,905
    • Revise/Plan: 90 minutes
    • DWGM: 48%
  • Aug:
    • Words: 14,693
    • Revise/Plan: 120
    • DWGM: 46%
  • Sep:
    • Words: 20,324
    • Revise/Plan: 420
    • DWGM: 77%
  • Oct:
    • Words: 10,399
    • Revise/Plan: 480
    • DWGM: 50%
  • Nov:
    • Words: 16,966
    • Revise/Plan: 360
    • DWGM: 68%
  • Dec:
    • Words: 9,173
    • Revise/Plan: 480
    • DWGM: 57%
  • 2nd:
    • Words (total): 94,460
    • Words (avg.) 15,743
    • Revise/Plan (total): 1,950
    • Revise/Plan (avg.) 325
    • DWGM (avg.): 58%
  • 2020:
    • Words (total): 208.919
    • Words (avg.): 17,410
    • Revise/Plan (total): 4,290
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 358
    • DWGM (avg.): 62%

It’s a bit of a fall-off from the first part of the year.

Now, the year-by-year count:

  • 2020:
    • Words (total): 208.919
    • Words (avg.): 17,410
    • Revise/Plan (total): 4,290
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 358
    • DWGM (avg.): 62%
  • 2019:
    • Words (total): 193,881
    • Words (avg.) 16,157
    • Revise/Plan (total):  8,865
    • Revise/Plan (avg.): 739
    • DWGM (avg.): 78%
  • 2018:
    • Words (total): 53,878
    • Words (avg.): 4,490
    • Revisions (total): 8,955
    • Revisions (avg.): 746
    • DWGM (avg.): 52%

So, 2020 is the leader among all years for total words. It is lower than 2018 and 2019 in revisions and planning. It is considerably better than 2018 in meeting my quotas, but it fell off from the 2019 averages.

What might be the reasons for that? To be honest, my move this year might have caused some disruptions. Lately, I’ve been ambivalent about blogging and putting things out – I wonder if I’m getting too repetitive or considering it more of a grind than something that gives me a sense of accomplishment. The fact that I’ve been doing a blog for more than three years is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering how I would start and then abandon writing projects repeatedly as a younger person.

I think that the only thing that I can do is to try and be more consistent at writing and keeping track of it. As I said at the start of this process, I’m doing this for me, to improve myself as a writer and to keep myself accountable to myself. If I want to call myself a writer, I have to write, no matter how many JD Salingers and Harper Lees there have been out there. I don’t want to pass away and not have contributed something, regardless of whether I become a world-famous writer (hehe) or not.

I have made progress toward that goal, but as the numbers tell you, I can do a lot better. That’s my wish for 2021 going forward.

All you writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

Writing Journal 12.28.2020: Guess who got really lazy this month? Me.

[Author’s Note: The feature photo for this post is my bed because since I’ve been so lazy, that seems to be the only thing that could properly symbolize the past three weeks for me. Anyway, enjoy.]

Where, oh where has Liegois been for the past few weeks? The mind reels…

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Actually, it’s not too hard of an explanation to make. Since I’ve decided to make time out of my busy schedule (during winter break, ha ha) to sit down and post a blog, I might as well give as full of an explanation as I can.



– As usual, a hiatus in my writing means that I’m stuck on something that I’d rather not finish or I’m not in the mood to finish. Usually, I get around that by writing the exciting parts of a story I’m working on first and then maybe get to the sucky parts later (or maybe not, and all the better for it). It’s difficult to do this in the serialized fan fiction that I’m working on at the moment.



If there is one way COVID-19 has affected me personally (and let me hope that is the only way it affects me), it and my move out to south central Iowa has put a bit of a damper on any attempts at “serious” writing. It’s usually not a good idea to try and have meet and greets and signings for books in the midst of a pandemic, I’m still not knowledgeable about the writing scene here and in Des Moines, and my day job has been taking up a lot of my head space. Bottom line, that has been put on hold. (Maybe now was a good time to get into writing some fan fiction?)

Anyway, I’ve pushed through the writing blocks, taken all of the mental vacations possible, and now I’m getting back to writing. I never really stopped, actually, except for a few days in a row. It’s certainly not the type of production I was hoping for. Here’s to a massively productive last week of 2020 to put me over the top.

I’m not sure what my numbers are looking like for this year, to be honest. People who have read this before might know I keep track of that metadata. I’ll have to get a new “in-review” post for 2020 ready soon, maybe as soon as this week. Next week I’ll have off for part of it, but I’ll have to get work done once again.

Also, all of my posting on my social media sites for writing on Facebook and Twitter have dwindled down to just reposts of my blogs. I’m really not as enthused about posting regularly as I used to be. I’m not spending as much time as I used to on social media at all.

Part of that is my growing distaste for Facebook in particular, for the misinformation and basically racist material it has allowed to be posted on its site. It’s very clear to me that the only thing it cares about is cash. The only reason I maintain an account on Facebook now (I deleted the app from my phone for the fifth time last month and that has finally stuck) is to keep in contact with family and old friends. I have a small bit of nostalgia for my Facebook writing page because it was the first one I created under my own name. (I am slightly more active on my writing Twitter, but not by much.)

The minute there is a better alternative out there for me, I will be happy to move to that place. If the federal government wants to break up Facebook for monopoly purposes, I would be one of the first ones applauding. (End of semi-political rant.)

Now, it will be time to write to my heart’s content and get a whole bunch of things accomplished in the last week of the year, write some more blogs that have been lingering around in my drafts ahahahah…

Well, we’ll see what I actually accomplish.

Anyway, here’s the stats. Writers keep writing and everyone keep safe.

Week of 12.6.2020:
+1,424 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Week of 12.13.2020:
+1,036 words written.
Days writing: 3 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 3 of 7 days.

Week of 12.20.2020:
+4,004 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 12.6.2020: Thanksgiving inspires little but sloth

Not much writing, so not much to write about.

Part of that is I’m at one of those chapters that I realize is a bit of filler although there will be some romantic action in it. It’s part of my patience difficulty – I’m writing this fan fiction in linear order when I got used to writing in my own order before. Normally I’d just delay writing it or even move on totally, but serialized writing is not quite fitting that. No matter, however – I will get through it eventually.

Also nearly no motivation for other blogging as well. I have some good thoughts, but not so much the motivation to get down and put them on the electronic screen. Where that is coming from, I’m not sure. Covid and my move to south central Iowa have short-circuited promo ideas for past and future books. I’ll likely get back to that when life returns to some semblance of order.

I’ll include the stats for that last two weeks below. No real disasters but nothing to brag about.

Sorry for being abrupt, this is what it sounds like when I’m forcing myself to blog.

Take care everyone and you writers keep writing.

Week of Nov. 22, 2020:
+4,881 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 120 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions):  5 of 7 days.

Week of Nov. 29, 2020:
+1,280 words written.
Days writing: 2 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 11.22.2020: Ups and downs over November

Hey, letting everyone know I’m not dead, just procrastinating.

The procrastination affected me two weeks ago, for sure, but I had a great week last week. You’ll see the totals below.

I’m totally stalling on more blog entries. They are coming (maybe), but it’s been hard to self-motivate. I can start to relate to some of my students who absolutely hate doing work in the classroom. I recently read something that procrastination is not something that stems from mental weakness and/or laziness but as an avoidance from unpleasant experiences. That seems to fit with my experiences. Now I think I need to do some research on what I can do to fight that, because it kicks me just as hard as any student.

IRL, my 20-year-old kid has moved back in with us to get himself resettled, more or less. He is living in a totally new community, but he has been game to get adjusted and find work in his field (heating and air conditioning). With my daughter back for Thanksgiving break from her college, we have a packed house… and I’m happy about it.

Anyway, I’m listing the totals before. Hope I see an improvement over the previous year, but I have at least another month to run up the totals, so to speak.

Writers keep writing, and everyone keep safe.

Week of 11.8.2020:
+2,662 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 2 of 7 days.
Week of 11.15.2020:
+6,118 words written.
Days writing: 5 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for 180 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Writing Journal 11.9.2020: Yeah, it’s pretty late. IRL stuff, you know

Yeah, and I’ve been lazy about the whole blogging thing.

Much of it has been I have been trying to knock myself out of what I’m considering a writing slump. I’m also a bit more motivated in recent weeks to work on my fiction rather than nonfiction. However, I now have two Writer’s Biography blogs in the development stages that might be of interest. Hopefully they can come out soon.

As you will see from the stats below, I’m doing better than the previous two weeks if you compare the numbers. Last week was more consistent, while the week before had better production.

Everyone keep safe, because more people are getting sick. Take care.

Week of 10.25.2020:
+3,339 words written.
Days writing: 6 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 3 of 7 for 210 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 4 of 7 days.

Week of 11.1.2020:
+3,305 words written.
Days writing: 4 of 7.
Days revising/planning: 2 of 7 for  60 total minutes.
Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 6 of 7 days.