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06 July 2011 @ 10:18 am
7/6/11 ROW 80 Update  
Ugh.  My AC is not working.  That is not good in the times when the days are long and the sun is hot.

Check out the update under the cut!  ‘Cause otherwise it would just be too darn long.
How did I not realize that 7000 words a week would be 1000 words a day?  BECAUSE I’M BAD AT MATH, THAT’S WHY
More math.  1000 words a day x 80 days = 80000 words.  Whuuuuuuuuut
Anyway, a 1000 words a day still isn’t that bad (it’s about 3 or 4 pages, I think).  So far it's taken me about 1 to 2 hours per day, which is more than manageable for me.  I can do eet!  It helps that right now I’m not very busy at all, and in another 2 weeks I will have a 6 week vacation.  So yeah, if I’m going to do something like this, now is definitely the time.  The 80 day period ends right before I go back to school, which is pretty perfect.  I imagine that my goals for the 4th round will be much much much less.  Maybe 2000 or 3000 words a week, rather than 7000.
Anyway, I’m doing pretty good so far!  It would be really bad if I fell off the wagon already, haha.  I managed 700 words on Monday and a 1000 words yesterday, so obviously one day this week I will need to write 1300 words.  I've managed to spread the word count between all 3 WIP, which is nice because I'm the sort of person that just can't do the same thing all the time.
So!  I wanted to pose a question to all the other ROWers out there who were kind enough to stop on by.
Question Time
What’s your writing ritual?
For me, I’m very finicky about my writing time, which is part of how I fuel my procrastination.  I can’t be hungry or dirty or I will not be able to focus.  I have to be fed and watered.  
And then there are other things.  Right now I’m using Scrivener to write my stories, and it’s completely ruined word processors for me forever.  The trial period is about to end and I’m probably going to shell out the monies for the full product even though (frankly) I think it’s horribly overpriced.  But I’ve tried other fancy word processors and none of them make me squee quite like Scrivener.  So there’s that.  (And I promise I’m not getting paid to write an advert or anything, although I wouldn’t mind if they did pay me something, it would help me buy their product.)
Other finicky things – for some reason, I can only seem to write creatively at night.  Like, midnight.  Which is kind of horrible when you’re trying to balance a life and you end up exhausted the next day because you were up until 2 AM writing.  So yeah: midnight, Scrivener, in my bed, laptop on my computer desk, my bedside lamp on (the bedroom overhead is blinding to me), and a cup of tea.  Those are a few of my favorite things.  Of course, I’ll usually be pumping deafening pop rock into my poor abused ears, but that’s another post for another day.  Part of the reason I need to write in bed is because I don't have wireless - which is good when you compulsively search the interwebs.  I need to plug out of my desk modem every once in a while.
So what about you guys?
And a second question!
If you could make your own writing space without realistic constraints (i.e., money, time-space continuums, physics) what would it look like?
For me, I think it would definitely be a glass house far up in the mountains somewhere.  So that I could walk around naked in a glass house and only traumatize the occasional unlucky hiker.  Of course, I’m not much of a hiker and I generally like being around people so I would need some sort of teleportation device to just zap me into the hermit glass house whenever I felt like writing.  

Half the house would be a kitchen, for tea-making and baking purposes.  There would also be three kitties so that I could have adorable fur balls rub up against my legs while I write.  Naturally, this would necessitate the hiring of a robot butler to clean the kitchen and feed the cats and generally congratulate me whenever I accomplished anything, no matter how mundane. [This is sort of like my secret desire to have Mary Murphy from So You Think You Can Dance follow me around in my life and scream about how many of my daily accomplishments (such as brushing my teeth and/or taking out the trash) earn me a ticket on the Hot Tamale Train.]  Did I mention that this will be a world where I am magically no longer allergic to cats?
Back to you guys!  What would be your ideal writing space, logistics be damned?

Before I bow out, here are some Fun Links.

I love io9 with the fiery passion of many many suns.  I thought that this list of classic science fiction and fantasy books that were originally considered failures was quite interesting.  I'm also excited about this movie because I knew LARPers in high school and Peter Dinklage duh.

I want a giveaway.  Gimme.  So basically Claire Legrand is awesome and she's how I heard about ROW 80.  And now she's giving out free books.  Check it out.

Also, I just now realized that Lisey Stardust could be an acronym for LSD.  LOLWHUT
Here is a picture of some kittens in teacups.  Because you can never get enough kittens in teacups.

Image from Cute Heaven.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Butter On My Roll by The Gregory Brothers
Elmira KotsidouElmira Kotsidou on July 6th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Look how cute those kittens are!
Well done with your word count. :)
I must say I enjoyed this post very much.
Now, to answer your questions...
1) I can't write after I've eaten but I can't be starved either. Since I prefer writing in the morning, like eight o'clock, I usually eat a couple of fruits and then write. Also, I keep a bottle of water next to me cause I drink about 4-5 lit. a day. Oh, and I found out that I write better when I'm clean. I just can't concentrate on my WIP when I'm thinking that my hair look horrible. Comfy clothes are a must as well.
2) I'd like to live in a small castle in UK, don't really care where exactly, and have a huge room for a library with shelves covering the walls and books covering the shelves. And in the middle, above a rug, my desk and my computer on it. Notes in the drawers and huge windows on the only wall free of bookshelves.
The rest of the house has theme rooms where I go when I'm bored of my bedroom or where my guests can spend the night. Also, a friendly ghost would be nice in case I get lonely and need a break.
That's it I think. :P
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 6th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Ooooh!
Oooh, I forgot about the comfy clothes thing, too. If I'm in jeans, I can't write.

Writing in a castle library is so romantic. A friendly ghost would make it all the better! Maybe the ghost could be your muse?
lauralynnelliott.wordpress.com on July 6th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
I like to write an hour or two after I've gotten off from work. Hopefully, after I've eaten supper. LOL.

Good luck with your goals!

If I had to pick a place to write, it would probably be either the beach with the sound of the waves soothing me, or maybe beside a small river or large creek, with the sound of water running over the rocks. And there must be cats, of course!
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 6th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I see that you like the sound of running water! I know it's not quite the same thing, but right now I have one of those sound maker thingies that are supposed to help you destress and sleep. But I just run it all day because I like the rain sound so much. Maybe you could find one of those and set it to the waves option? Could help with the ambiance!
laurelrainsnow on July 6th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of the rituals....I do have some, but I need to change them up. For one thing, I am thinking about getting a laptop so I can work in bed.

Having to go to my office to work is not conducive to creativity....

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 6th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Updates
Thanks for stopping by mine!

I highly recommend working in bed. It's super comfy.

The only downside is that I've found it harder to sleep at night, and I imagine a sleep expert would say it's because I'm sitting down to sleep but my mind has programmed that space as "work mode".

I might move over to my couch...but it's just not as comfy... :(
lisaroses.blogspot.com on July 6th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Those kitties are too adorable.

Rituals, hmmm. Well I have to agree with the comfy clothes and cleanliness. If I can smell myself, I definitely can't write. I can't be tired either, or angry. I pretty much have to be Goldilocks to write anything decent (you know, not too hot, not too cold).

As for my ideal writing space: All I need is a room of comfy things. A LoveSac, absolutely must be there. Plus a giant comfy couch and lots of pillows. Also the walls would be soundproof. And I would have that robot butler, but he would come fully equipped with an adjustable tray, just for when I wanted my LoveSac/couch/insertcomfyplacehere to become a desk. Yes, that'll do :)

Good luck with the rest of ROW80!
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 6th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Comfy pillows! An excellent point. I generally like to write at a desk, but it might be nice to switch to some comfy pillows whenever my back/neck started to ache...

Soundproof walls is also a smart bet. Oh yes indeedy.
Derekcrstldrgnspcmrn on July 7th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
(Shanatos here btw)

Peter Dinklage AND Summer Glau? My, my.

Maybe I should start doing this ROW thing, even though I'm late to start. Just as a personal thing. I really need to start writing.

Good luck with your work!
Lisey McGrathliseystardust on July 7th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Shanatos!

You're allowed to jump in with a goal post at the next "check-in", which is this Sunday. I hope you join - I've never been able to do NaNoWriMo because it's just too crazy, but I love the underlying idea of a community of writers encouraging each other and holding each other accountable for writing and whatnot.