There are no naked images in this post :)
And not much of the bare-my-soul type of naked either.
More like the nitty-gritty of what's going on with me type of naked.
Since I'm blogging only twice a month now, I'm really feeling the need to stay connected with all of you. I'm also feeling the need to visit more on Facebook and Twitter, so those of you who friend or follow me there probably wonder why I'm there more when I've said I need more writing time.
It's because I can check in there in 1-2 minute bursts and see what's happening - something I can't do with a blog. Not only is it quicker, it's more immediate. But it's not as connecting as a blog visit.
You bloggers already know that!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter may see that I tweet all kinds of things, not just writing or book related. I tweet things that catch my eye as I read the news or do research. I tweet Texas and coastal and San Antonio things. Food things. Fun things. There's no rhyme or reason.
I receive more strange Facebook messages than I do strange tweets. But the other day I received a really odd tweet (I think I disabled the live links):
What makes it so weird - besides the fact that I'm not a man? I don't follow EU Headlines News or Rashmi Tailors. Plus the date is one that has significance for me.
One of those strange things that keep life interesting. I think there could be a story in there someplace!
So since I've reduced my blogging schedule by half, I want to share with you the difference it's made in my written output.
In January and February, my daily output ranged between 300-800 words. 800 was a really good day and somewhat infrequent. I didn't manage to write every day because I would get behind in other things and have to play catch up. In those two months, I managed to write a little over 20,000 words.
I'm aiming for the three books in this trilogy to be between 65-70K each - a little shorter than my other books. Since I always add many more details on succeeding drafts and during the editing process, my first draft goal is 60K,
My word count at the end of my writing day on March 31 was 43K. That means I wrote a little more in one month with bi-weekly blogging than I wrote in two months with weekly blogging. I've more than doubled my output. I've gone from 33% to 77% complete. But I think the first draft will end up running a little longer than I planned.
I'm sharing all of this so you can see what a difference having this extra time has meant for me. The cost has been not getting to visit with all of you as much as I would like, but the return has been awesome.
I realize that I'm not quite up to NaNo speed or the output many of you produce on a regular basis, but I have to say it feels wonderful to have a real writing schedule. It's something I haven't enjoyed for a while, and I'm grateful to have it again.
In return, I really appreciate your visits when I'm here. Luv you guys!
In my website contest news, the Author of the Month for April is Texas author Helen Ginger. Helen is giving away a signed copy of ANGEL SOMETIMES, a USA Best Book Award winner. You can learn more about Helen and her books here on her blog and on her website: http://www.helenginger.com
To enter, click the big WIN button at the top of my right sidebar. It takes you directly to the contest page on my website: www.carolkilgore.net/contest/
Read the rules, choose your answer to the question about the photo, fill out the entry form, and click Submit.
For those of you participating in A to Z, I know you're having fun. Keep going, don't give up!