Day 104 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Overslept

I overslept this morning. No worries. If my body needs more sleep, then my body needs more sleep. I’ll just shift into a truncated version of my day emphasizing my priority items – writing and exercise. Earlier, I wrote that if I write, move, and make money it’s been a good day. Now it’s easy to see writing and moving as something I can do everyday, but what about making money? I argue that that’s a yes.

I’m writing this post on a Friday morning where I’m logging on to work in an hour so that takes care of the money bit. On the weekends, I’ll look to actively submit stories to reach that goal. After all, I gotta send out ships if I want any of them to come in.

For example, I was thinking of letting one short story sit after getting a critique in a personal rejection. Instead, I sent it out and now it’s shortlisted at another magazine. It proves that the story works in some form.

After I finish sending the story out to the short story magazines I like, if it’s still not accepted, I’ll move it over into the queue to be self-published. It still, however, needs an introduction and marketing copy. So, I can work on that and get some practice in marketing.

Making money can also be in the form of canceling subscriptions I don’t use. I pay for the streaming subscriptions for the household so canceling one of those is a no-go. But my subscription apps are fair game. I review them and cancel the ones that I don’t use.

I have a couple of items I’ve been meaning to list on eBay but haven’t gotten around to it. Listing those items would also count at making money.

Increasing the prices of my short stories available on line is making money.

Making my short stories and short story collections available in more places counts as making money.

Self-publishing short stories counts as making money.

If you haven’t been able to tell so far, any success I’ve achieved has been through small actions taken consistently over time. When I lose sight of that, I fall behind.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 104, – 4/13/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

179,013 /210,496 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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