Category Archives: Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans: December 2017


December plans:

  • Total
    • 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.

Best Laid Plans: November 2017


November plans:

  • Total
    • Write 1667 words/day
    • 7 days per week
  • Project: Undertow*


  • Work: Trying to freelance, and applying for anything I’m qualified for.
  • School: I am taking a term off, but I will be going back in January.**
  • Playlist: Celldweller, Scandroid (PSA: the new Scandroid was out October 27), Aesthetic Perfection, Haujobb, Marilyn Manson (always), the Sisters of Mercy.

*AKA: the mermaid-vampire book.
**A not-insignificant factor is that I won’t be able to pay back my student loans on minimum wage, so I actually can’t afford to stop going to school (… and stop accruing debt (is this real life?)).

Best Laid Plans: October 2017 (In Retrospect)

Wordcount goal: 16,500
Words written: ZERO (not counting freelance)
Days writing: ALSO ZERO (not counting freelance)
Project(s): NONE (not counting freelance)

Excuses: Jesus fucking christ. This is just embarrassing. Stress is a factor. School is a factor. Rearranging/reorganizing the house is a factor. Slinging freelance proposals and looking for a temporary/seasonal job is definitely a factor.

Best Laid Plans: October 2017


October plans:

  • Total 16,500 words
    • Write 750 words/day
    • 5 days/week
  • Project: Death Drive*, fragments, etc


  • Work: Continue looking for a job. I’ll do seasonal retail again if I have to but I would really prefer not to do that (mostly because I’m terrible at it, not because I’m “too good” for it or some other nonsense: I’m too broke to be too good for a paying job).
  • School: Keep taking classes, stick with my current major until I’m done. Try to learn how to do things on time—I think I might be broken when it comes to time, but that just means I need to find more coping mechanisms to get where I need to be.
  • Playlist: Celldweller/Scandroid, Faderhead, Marilyn Manson (PSA: the new album is out October 6), Razed In Black, God Module.

*Death Drive is my afterlife book that I’ve wanted to write since 2011, and it’s slowly twisted into a love letter to a friend I don’t talk to anymore. :(

Best Laid Plans: September 2017 (In Retrospect)

Wordcount goal: 10,000
Total words written: 1729
Days writing: 2
Projects: Undertow

Excuses: Learning coding is hard. The class I’m taking that I thought would be an overview of the subject is instead a course on how to program in Python. I’m way behind (like normal). I’m starting to freak out about my lack of money, and trying to find a job to get more money, and struggling to do that because of choices I’ve made*, and I hate it. At least Xmas is coming up, which means I should be able to pick up a temporary seasonal thing, so that’s something at least.

*The place I worked at for the majority of my working life refuses to give employment references (fairly standard) and penalizes current employees who give employment references, “up to and including termination” (fucking insane). The other place I worked at for any significant amount of time is no longer in business (RIP Borders), plus that was 10 years ago and I didn’t bother to keep in touch with anyone anyway.

Best Laid Plans: September 2017


201709September plans:

  • Total 10,000 words
    • Write 500 words/day
    • 5 days/week
  • Project: fragments, Undertow,* etc.


  • Work: Going to start seriously seeking employment.
  • School: Switched my major from accounting to computer science, focus in software engineering.
  • Playlist: Depeche Mode, Celldweller/Scandroid, Blue Stahli, Marilyn Manson, Haujobb, Grendel.

*Undertow is my mermaid book I’ve wanted to write since around 2009.