I was on vacation last week, and it shows in my word count. 🙂
Monday through Wednesday I was at a little cabin up in the woods with my two daughters and our dog (poor hubby had to work. Like LOTS of work.). The girls and I hiked, had movie night, and just played around. It was a great break from being home, where even if you’re a homebody, sometimes you get tired of looking at all of the waiting chores. lol
Here’s a picture of what I could swear was a druid stone or altar of some sort in the middle of the forest. It’s likely just a big rock, but it made my imagination go wild. Not surprising. A butterfly flitting by can make my imagination go wild. And speaking of butterflies, during the same hike, we scared up a mourning cloak butterfly, and it promptly landed on my forehead and took a little rest there for like five seconds. It felt like a blessing, and I took it as such. The kids were jealous. 🙂
Here’s how my word counts added up this week, as I work on Shield, the fifth and final Children of the Sidhe novella:
Thursday: 800 on Shield, and another 900 on a short story
Friday: whopping 2,500!!!
…for a total of 7,000 if my coffee deprived brain is adding correctly. 🙂
I’m not sure what to think about this. For one, I’m taking a two-week break from work because I’ve been dealing with far too much stress (mostly work stress), and putting off the actual dealing for tomorrows that never come. So, my goal for this two weeks was to take the pressure off and not worry about goals. I haven’t been pressuring myself to hold to any daily word count, but I’ve had pockets of time to putter with the story and ended up with 7,000 words in the week….because I wanted to write. I always want to write.
Still, that total isn’t far above the weekly goal I’ve set for myself of 5,000 words per week. So does that mean that I’m putting too much pressure on myself with the 5k goal, when I’m usually working just about full-time in addition? I don’t know, but something to ponder. I’m hoping to return to work with a healthier balance between work/parenting/writing/life…after one more week of vacation. 🙂
Next weekend, we’re headed to my mom-in-law’s in Bend, Oregon. Sunny skies and splendid vistas await! Who else has plans for the holiday weekend?