Holiday Weekend

DebE —  June 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

The nature of writing means that I need peace and quiet to make real progress. That means that I tend to make the greatest gains when my husband is at work or hockey, and our baby is asleep – so day-nap times and some evenings. Weekends are not meant to mean a break in writing. I consider this a 7 day a week job – I think I’ve even called it a 24/7 job previously. Sure, I might not actually be typing or writing words on a computer or piece of paper, but I am thinking about my story all the time. Still, weekends tend to mean a lower word-count. And this weekend was a three-day weekend here in NZ. Three days of slow progress…

Saturday: 350

Sunday: 84

Monday: 331

Total: 42,034

Well, I didn’t come to a complete stand still, so that is something. I think that my goal, however, needs to be a minimum of 500 words per day, and I clearly haven’t reached that over the weekend. This means a goal of approximately 700 words per day during a normal 5 day week. This week is a 4 day week, so I guess I want to produce closer to 900 words per day. Well, I was managing that early on last week, so, I can do it. Tomorrow is a busy day in terms of baby activities, so I am going to give myself some leniency. But after that must knuckle down. Watch this space!

Oh, and don’t forget to Vote For Me! (o:




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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