Category Archives: Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans: March 2018


March plans:

  • Total 7,700 words
    • Write 350 words/day
    • 5 days/week
  • Project: either Undertow or Death Drive (I seriously need to at least start one of those with some intent of seeing it through).
  • Soundtrack: Grendel (Age of the Disposable Body), Marilyn Manson (The Pale Emperor, Heaven Upside Down), Celldweller (all the instrumental albums), Blue Stahli (same as above), Julien-K (all of it), Covenant (Dreams of a Cryotank, The Blinding Dark).

Best Laid Plans: February 2018 (In Retrospect)

Wordcount goal: 7,000 words.
Words written: ZERO.
Days writing: NONE.
Projects: Also NONE (excepting freelance).


Still sickish. Any time I pick up a cold or flu-like illness, it always ends with a lingering cough that lingers, and lingers, and lingers. I’m better-ish enough that I feel okay leaving the house (I’m not worried about infecting anyone anymore) and I’m coughing infrequently enough that I can go to the movies (which is good, because going to the movies is something I do way too often now*).

I wrote a decent number of freelance blog posts, the agency I’m working with has been good about kicking me quite a few assignments and they pay quickly, so that’s also good. I’m still hustling for an irl job, but getting some money from freelancing is making me less desperate than I’d otherwise be, so it’s not like I’m gnawing my arms off or anything.

That took a turn. Moving on.

*Remember way back when I wouldn’t go to the movies because there were always too many people and I was always like “omg-crowds!nope-nope-nope”? Yeah, I kind of don’t do that anymore.**
**I’m also really good at picking movies that no one else wants to watch, so I’ll be one of 4 or 5 people in the theater.

Best Laid Plans: February 2018


February plans:

  • Total 7,000 words
    • Write 350 words/day
    • 5 days/week
  • Project: still Undertow
  • Soundtrack: Zeromancer, Scandroid, Julien-K, Sunset Neon, Marilyn Manson, Haujobb.

Best Laid Plans: January 2018 (In Retrospect)

Wordcount goal: 8050 words.
Words written: ZERO.
Days writing: NONE.
Projects: Also NONE (excluding freelance).

Excuses: First, I was hustling/begging for financial aid so I can get back into school. Second, I was hustling/begging for a job so I can earn money to live, and also hustling on job boards and doing freelance writing (I write small corporate blog posts for actual businesses on their websites now). Third, I got sick. It might be the flu, or it might not—I got a flu shot, but the flu that’s going around wasn’t included in the shot (or something), and there are many flu-like illnesses mistaken for the flu every year, so you can’t really know whether it’s the flu without testing, and I’m far too broke to seek medical care for probably-the-flu when I can just curl up in blankets and drink virgin Bloodys for a couple weeks instead.

Next month I will try to do some actual writing. Cool? Cool.


Best Laid Plans: January 2018


January plans:

  • Total 8,050 words
    • Write 350 words/day
    • 5 days/week
  • Project: Undertow
  • Soundtrack: Zeromancer, Marilyn Manson, Celldweller/Scandroid, Haujobb.

Tl;dr: Basically, I’m going to try to do The Chuck Wendig No-Fuckery Writing Plan again.*

*That sentence was constructed so poorly. I want to clarify that I mean I will try to do this, again—as opposed to trying to do this again, which would imply that I’ve ever done anything other than sucking and failing at writing, when sucking and failing at writing is kind of my whole deal.**
**Aaand now I’m sad. :(


Best Laid Plans: December 2017


December plans:

  • Total 20,000
    • Write 1000 words/day
    • 5 days per week
  • Project: Undertow*


  • Work: The one freelance contract I’ve managed to get ends on the 4th of this month, and the seasonal retail gig goes through January 15th. I’m looking into transcription jobs, and how to design book covers, and other assorted freelance nonsense.
  • School: Classes start on January 8, student loan paperwork is done and all set.
  • Playlist: Celldweller**, Scandroid, Haujobb, the Bladerunner soundtrack***, Marilyn Manson.

It’s snowing today and the snow is sticking. This is the first real snow of the year (it’s late).

*Yes, I’m still on about the mermaid-vampires.
**ALL THE CELLDWELLER (I am super into Celldweller right now).
***The good one (by Vangelis).


Best Laid Plans: November 2017 (In Retrospect)

Wordcount goal: 50K
Words written: ZERO (not counting freelance)
Days writing: ALSO ZERO (not counting freelance)
Project(s): NONE (not counting freelance)

Excuses: Work is hard. That’s a lie. Seasonal retail work is really easy, it’s just borderline stressful because people who are holiday shopping are full of holiday drama, retail work is inherently dramatic with retail drama, new jobs are inherently low-key stressful, etc, etc, blah, etc.

Next month will be better.