Monday – Aug 25. Didn’t feel like going to Facebook on the weekend at all. Never once thought about it. But today I read something about a logo for the challenge (see left) and hunted down the original challenge website – 99 Days of Freedom and there was a graphic I was supposed to put on my web page. Oh oh. Hadn’t done it.
I thought about it – would this reset the clock or would it just be a minor tweaking of the rules. If I didn’t read anything and simply changed the profile pic – would that be OK? Short story – went in and changed my profile pic. Did that and logged right out. No tracking, no communication and I’m offa there.
Productivity is still high. Idea generation is up and the quality of the ideas is improving (at least I think they are with the reduced focus outside of what I’m doing). Writing word count is up again. Mornings on this past weekend was particularly productive until mid-morning when I stopped to hang out with some visiting family (and fly my new quadcopter) 🙂
Part of what I’m doing is reading several books on author platform creation and while the intent is to focus on the fiction side, one of them is a non-fiction platform building and I’ve already started rethinking garden writing and how readers use the material I create (and how to make it better and easier to get the information across.) Fascinating stuff indeed. I’ll have book reports later.
Tuesday 26th – Decided to share some of the things I’ve really read here on this blog rather than sharing them on my social media pages. Seems to make sense to me now. If you like what I write (enough to not unsubscribe) then maybe you’d like to know what I read. This is not to say you have to read all this stuff – but you may find the odd gem in there that’s appropriate to your situation.
Coffee pot cracked in the “guts” of the machine. National emergency declared or was about to be declared until the Coffee Press came out of its hiding place. You forget really quickly how good a coffee press actually makes coffee when you go to the bigger machines. I may not buy a big one this time but stick with the press.
And you know when you find yourself babbling about coffee in the morning it’s time to settle down and get the word processor warmed up.
Wednesday Aug 27. Got the coffee situation under control so life moves forward. This is starting to sound repetitive even to me – yesterday was very productive in word count (one of the highest comfortable counts) Also spent a good amount of time on rethinking book marketing (good Lord, here he goes again!) and have started setting up “to-do” lists for that major project. It’s big enough to occupy an entire legion of posts all by itself so will have to do this when I get it all sorted out.
p.s. just got the Hanx app for my new iPad (yeah, broke down and ordered a new one – given the old one was dying with overuse – it was time) This one mimics one of the old typewriters I started writing with and it’s a blast to use it again.
Friday Aug 28. Just finished The BookStrapper Guide to Marketing Your Book: Creating a Bestseller By Yourself” by Tucker Max et al. Worth reading but there are some flaws in it (mostly around the links that don’t work or take you to their website page that says, “Coming”.
I’m productive but I’m now worried. I could get to like this lack of communication other than writing and sharing stuff (and the comments – love comments from real readers) 🙂 The worry comes in because I’m wondering if there’s a reason I “should” be on social media that I’m missing. The holiday is fantastic, I’m as productive as hell, but what if I’m just not getting someting important here?
So -as a writer – what am I missing? Big question this week to sort out and if you have thoughts on it, I’d welcome them.