8-17

Baez played real hard tonight, I thought. Did you see how he dirtied up his uniform? Though he didn’t make it in himself, he played a big part in getting in the second run for the Tigers. The Tigers still lost. The game finished up with 2-3.

They’re 8-17 for the season, so far. It’s looking like another losing season. But I can live with it. I’m just happy to have baseball. Though none of the Detroit teams have been showing much promise, they are and will always be my favorite teams. I will always love the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings.

Michigan!!!

Michigan beat Michigan State, 7-3.
So, what you doing for the Super Bowl tomorrow?
I’ll be at my mom and dad’s. I feel like I’m looking forward to the halftime show more than the game. It’ll be the first time in history that deaf performers are part of the Super Bowl halftime show.
I dig that. I dig that a lot.

Football & Production

It was a good weekend of football. All four games were quite thrilling, and close. All of them had ties broken in the end. The victors were the Bengals, 49ers. Rams and Chiefs.

I’ve been getting in writing almost every day, but not as much as I aim for. Which is fine, but I have a lot of stories and novels I want to write, so I aim for very big numbers.

You know how I said I like to get ten pages every day, five into a novel and five into a story. The truth is, I try not to settle for less than ten pages, but I aim for way more than that.

I’m a little self-conscious about revealing exactly what number of pages I aim for. In the past, when I mentioned such goals, people would discourage me. But I know it’s possible to hit these marks. Jay Lake, Mike Resnick, Jonathan Maberry are a few writers who come to mind when I think of massive production.

I remember a time when I wrote over 7,000 words in a day, which would be about 35 pages. So, I know I can do it, I just got to stay focused and try not to burn out.

Today, I got four pages, two each.

Some years ago, I would share my daily progress stats in the format you see at the bottom of this post. A lot of writers, pros and amateurs, were sharing their stats. I thought it was fun and inspiring. It showed me what was possible, for one thing.

Then there were other writers who complained about us sharing our progress stats. I guess our stats made them feel incompetent or pressured, or something. I started feeling self-conscious about sharing my stats. Maybe other writers did too, because they don’t share theirs anymore either.

I wonder if I should’ve just kept doing my thing and told the snobs to go to hell.

Novel
Words Added: 437
Total Wordcount: 77,337
Total Pagecount: 382

Story
Words Added: 454
Total Wordcount: 1,445
Total Pagecount: 8

Stafford for Super Bowl

Matthew Stafford’s Rams just put Tom Brady & the Buccaneers out of the playoffs.

It was nerve-wracking in the second half as the Bucs got closer and eventually brought the game to a 27-27 tie.

With just seconds left on the clock, the Rams drove down field and made it into fieldgoal range, where the kicker was successful.

Rams 30- Buccaneers 27.

Ties are Meant to be Broken

Both games today were close, with ties broken in the end by field goals. Earlier, the Bengals beat the Titans, 19-16. The 49ers just beat the Packers 13-10. It’s snowing Green Bay, which probably means it’s snowing here too.

Tomorrow, it’ll be the Rams and Buccaneers and Bills and Chiefs. Don’t miss the Ram-Buc game. That’s Stafford and Brady. Starts at 3PM, on NBC.

‘Twas a slow day, but I got a few pages into each project. Novel, 380 pages-76,900 words. Story, 6 pages-991 words.

I started watching a creepy series on Netflix called Archive 81. Think I’ll finish this first episode and call it a night.

Production

I can’t remember the last time I had a day this productive. Next to a bunch of other stuff I got done today, I wrote eighteen pages of fiction. Nine into the novel and nine into the short story.

I haven’t been keeping track of wordcounts, but each page is about 200 to 250 words, so I’d say I got in at least 3,600 words today, 1,800 each.

The Rams are beating the Cardinals. 31-11. 5 minutes left on the clock.

Edited to Add:
Novel-361 pages-74,049 words.
Story-17 pages-3,531 words.

Great Game

That was a great game. The Lions beat the Packers, 37-30. I have faith that this new team is going to do much better next season.

That was the last game of the regular season, so that’s it for the Lions. They finished their season with a 3-13-1.

Okay, the Rams and the 49ers are on now. I’ll have it on, but I don’t think I’m going to sit through the game. I got stuff to do.

The Rams are already in the Playoffs. I’m going to be rooting hard for them. It’s Matthew Stafford’s turn to get a Super Bowl ring.