|Nose to the Grindstone
||[Jan. 4th, 2009|09:46 pm]
|[||Tags|||||the writing life||]|
|||||Bruch, Violin Concerto #2||]|
The second volume of the new group has now topped 70,000 words. Only 1117 today, but I caught the crud, so I'm not beating myself up over it.
That means about 15,000 words added since the first week of December--not much when I was doing over 80,000 a month in the crunch, but the crunch pushed my hands to their physical limit. Hoping not to do that again. And this month I've also had serious music work, started the new blogs and websites, done an article and some other work for SFWA, and...so on. Not just been lying around sleeping, though that would be a lovely thought if I had time.
My goal is to get back to 2000 words/day on the book, and 500-1000/day on a blog entry. Plus the other work that needs doing in other venues. We'll see how that goes.
Paks fans, remember that there's now a dedicated blog for Paksworld stuff, and yes, it has RSS feeds. Check it out : www.paksworld.com/blog/
Can you explain why this is better than someone just going to the Paksworld blog and picking up the feed there?
(Says the person who doesn't "get" the whole "feed" thing.)
Good to see your phosphors again, BTW.
Mainly because I always have my lj window open. It takes effort to go to another site :P
This way it'll just show up in my friends page so I'll definitely read it.
Cheers - I knew someone would come through :)
Thanks for taking care of it for me!
As I'm still on dial-up, I find that going through LJ is abysmally slow, and a direct link is faster--though as I said I don't do the RSS feed stuff. (Yes, I have loads of bookmarks, but for a person whose bump of organization is a deep pit, they're remarkably organized.)
All this may change when I get broadband which should (God willin' and the creek don't rise, and all that) happen tomorrow night. More likely, in several days when I finally get the various bits of electronics to handshake the way I want them to.
Yeah...I have to be very firm with myself (not my favorite activity!) about time-spent-online. It's easy to talk myself into the belief that all my online activity is work-related--posting to blogs, answering comments, answering emails, doing research (a broad and potentially dangerous category known for eating hours) ...but it's not actually *work*, as in the work I get paid for, nor is it accomplishing the tasks needing doing at home. No amount of work-related reading/writing online feeds the horses, mucks out the barn, does the laundry and hangs it out, washes the dishes, etc, etc, etc.
That's why my friends list is so short and why my "favorites" newsgroup list at SFF.net gets chopped way back when I'm "on" a project. It's so much easier to read and chat and post short things than it is to, you know, actually *write the blinkin' book*! Worst case, I have to turn the laptop off. This won't work once we have broadband on the home network. I may have to develop the habit of not only turning off the laptop, but yanking the wireless modem out of the main work machine (it's an external that plugs in to USB so it's easy to remove temporarily.)
Actually...since you know how to do this and I don't...there are two other blogs that might be of interest to people who read my LJ, so if you could make them easier to follow via LJ, I'd appreciate it:http://www.speedofdark-thebook.com/blog/
is mostly about autism-related topics, but also about the book itself.http://www.80acresonline.org/blog/
is about our wildlife management & prairie restoration project, and other nature-related topics.
I found it interesting that the 80acres one imported all of the history of the blog, but the paks one didn't. I guess it's the difference between rss and atom.
Must've been a personal choice--the blogs themselves have both rss and atom at their sites. Ruta (my webguru) put in all four.d
I looked at the syndication page...feeling very ignorant now as it makes no sense to me, alas.
As regarding paksworld.com: You have a links page. You might want to include a link to your sff.net newsgroup--I find it most informative on all things Lunar.
I thought about that...but a lot of people who could have come there earlier--after all, the link to the sff.net group is on my home page--let me know they preferred LJ or a separate blog, rather than the newsgroup.
If people want to find it there's a link on my home page, and all the blogs have links to that.