Fail Better: writing goals, week 21

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please…

May 21, Day 142: 242 words

May 22, Day 143: 258 words

May 23, Day 144: 758 words

May 24, Day 145: 327 words

May 25, Day 146: 416 words

May 26, Day 147: 523 words

May 27, Day 148: 598 words

That’s a grand total of 3,122 words for the week, 16,405 for the month, and 85,327 for the year!

Did I beat last week’s total?

Last week I wrote 3,927 words. Which means I fell behind this week by 805 words.

Ah, well. In the words of Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”


No badges this week, sadly. But I’ve got my eye on that “Cabin Boy” badge for writing every day, for 30 days in a row, at the end of this month!

Goals for next week?

This week feels like it’s been a bit of a blur. I haven’t written A Story A Day since last Thursday, and I haven’t sent anything out to my mailing list, for which I feel incredibly guilty. On the other hand, no one has written to ask what’s up, so I’m assuming they don’t actually care.

The most recent person who unsubscribed from my mailing list wrote this incomprehensible reason, verbatim, in the “other” box, by way of explanation:

Receiving emails around 2 am and waking up from the alerts. I use my alerts for my business so I need them on. So I unsubscribe from all email lists that send me things when I’m sleeping.

Seriously? You do realize that my emails go out to people from all around the world, and I can’t actually pick a time that’s convenient for ALL of them, right? Furthermore, if my emails pinging your inbox at inappropriate times are so annoying (and have, apparently, been driving this particularly person slowly insane over TWO YEARS, which is when they originally subscribed to my list!), have you not ever considered routing all of your non-work emails to another address? Or, I dunno, putting your phone into “do not disturb” mode like the rest of us, between midnight and whenever you normally wake up?

This all just sounds completely crazypants to me, so it makes me wonder if this person is really that incompetent, or just plain fucking with me.

Either way, good riddance to this person, since I’m not about to solve their tech issues when Dr. Google is easily within reach. If you’re one of my readers, I’d certainly hope you have a certain level of intelligence that would enable you to figure out a better solution to this not-so-vexing problem than unsubscribing from my mailing list altogether.

Anyway, that brings me finally to my goals for next week. I do plan on finishing up my Mayday stories, whether or not I end up sending them out to the mailing list, and I also need to get back to my Chicago from A to Z manuscript, to beef it up with bonus features and additional info before publication.

I’ve also taken on a write-for-hire book project, which should be an interesting departure from my self-publishing work, and have a deadline of May 31 to get started on that. TALLY HO!

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