December 31st, 2020 – 827

Well it took an eight hour nonstop stretch today, so a total of 13 hours across two days, but the 73 day bullet journal backlog is no more. Jesus my hand is killing me right now. I got target first which was another 1,150 words, and I’m feeling that too. But apart from some editing and a journal entry, I’m done for the year. What a f@&£ing disaster of a year am I right? Censored swearing, that’s the threshold I’ve reached here. I’ve never wanted a clean slate so bad.

Well, for writing at least, I have one. And now, I’m gonna do my last tasks and just switch off. One of those tasks is writing my journal entry, 350 or so words, by, hand. Oh just kill me now…

December 30th, 2020 – 826

Gonna be another short one but for the best reasons. I got target at midday, and went on to hit 1,800 words. And the rest of today? BuJo, and I’m on the verge of clearing an entire month of journalling backlog. If I manage to repeat this tomorrow, the journal will be on the cusp of being up to date. If I can rush, who knows, maybe I’ll get it all done. And man, does it feel good.

Tomorrow is the final day of this god forsaken year but that’s one too many. Fingers crossed I’ll hit target super early, I’ll clear the BuJo, and come January I’ll have a brand new clean start to the year. That would be amazing.

December 29th, 2020 – 825

I wrote like 8 hours ago? I’ve been pottering around in Civ for most of the afternoon and it’s been a chill day, and I’ll be going to bed pretty early which is nice. I’ve also found that I’ve got a healthy set of meals between now and my next food shop which helps too. Today all in all has been pretty good, and I feel confident about tomorrow. That’s pretty novel.

December 28th, 2020 – 824

Ok I’m wasting so much time. I spent all day buying and playing video games, and that’s all well and good but I need to cut that out and get my routine back in order. At least I’m being healthier and making more chilli. I think this may just become my diet from my next shop. Bleh…

TWO has got a perculiar problem. I sketched out the remaining chapters and well, I want to build up more of the world but I have 3 chapters set aside for that, and no idea what is meant to happen in them. Tough one…

December 27th, 2020 – 823

Ok enough with the lazy days already. Boxing Day sure, I buy that, and even today to an extent but I need to cut this out. I’ve still got a lot to do before bed because I shunted 1K and all my chores into the evening. Discipline is not my strong suit right now for sure. Still even so, life is pretty good right now. Quiet will do nicely. Might need a digital detox for a few days all the same.

At some point I have a few additional writing chores to do. I’ve gotta upload several chapters of TSS to WattPad to cover my hiatus, and pull down the text of TUS, VOL and WHT back into Google Docs. Honestly maintaining those as the master versions is vital as I don’t trust WattPad all that much. Once I copy all of them into Google Docs again I need to download the lot and burn them to a CD. That has been a long time coming. And losing my catalogue feels like a very 2020 disaster…

December 26th, 2020 – 822

It’s gonna be a late night tonight but I made a good day of things. Just a chill day of Nintendo Switch and Civ VI. I’m feeling well rested and ready to face the week of packing ahead. Writing goes well, and I’m feeling confident about TWO. Life feels stable.

December 25th, 2020 – 821

I’ll keep this short as it’s been a long and busy day, though it was a fantastic Christmas. I got some lovely presents, and I also gave myself one of the best ones all year: I hit target at 11am so I could just enjoy the day. In addition, I did my Christmas write up so I can always relive this day. This year was a write off, but today, today was a ray of light. I’m very lucky like that.

December 24th, 2020 – 820

An earlier target, some semblance of normalcy due tomorrow if skewed by seeing people more through Zoom than face to face, and at least by dint of my support bubble I will see some people face to face, even if by some I mean 2. Man this year has been weird. Everyone is going through this and it makes me wonder if the conventional wisdom of ‘life will just go more or less back to normal after all this’ is actually true.

TWO hit 50,000 words today so that’s a huge milestone. I re-counted the whole manuscript as a warm up today and with 864 words I hit the “magic” number, then finished another 166 for good measure to hit target. I say “magic” as it’s a meaningless milestone, but it still feels surreal to handwrite 50,000 words in 46 days.

Granted, that’s actually quite slow by my usual standards, just over a thousand extra words every twelve days. Typing I’m closer to every five days. I don’t think I’ve been making enough allowance for now much more taxing it is by hand, and how I have had that on top of the mess we’re all going through in some form. So, I am actually giving myself a present: the gift of not beating myself up for writing slower right now. This is an important book to me, it’s more vital it’s written than it’s written fast.

Last year, I wrote myself a private piece where I captured all my memories of the day in a Google Doc. I actually got target with that alone, but I then also did a thousand words of TSS to keep my ‘thousand words of story content every day’ chain going, which is now two days shy of 14 months strong. I think I’ll try to do that again, and I’m sure it’s going to make for a curious comparison.

December 23rd, 2020 – 819

I’m so out of it. I hate being cooped up indoors like this and I’m starting to feel it hard. Doesn’t help that my area will be in UK Tier 4 for Covid soon so woo, just, just great. I’m knackered and I want to write early tomorrow so I can get an early night and not feel like crap on Christmas day. Not much more to say to be honest. Just, really feeling rough, and trying not to be unpleasant to people because of it.

December 22nd, 2020 – 818

Still haven’t quite moved the needle back to early writing, but I’m still writing more than I have been for the most part. I’ve been otherwise resting a lot. That’s fine, it is the holidays and I am exhausted, but I do want to sort my routine out. But the big thing today for me was a present from a very special friend arriving today, and that present was mind-blowing. It’s Heather.