(21 days) Day one

01 Feb

Oof. I thought it would be easier.  But it wasn’t. I hope it gets easier as this wears on.  But regardless, I did it. And so, my report:

– 3,029 words written.

Light Up submitted to Lone Star magazine.

Will report in tomorrow, too.


Posted by on February 1, 2008 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “(21 days) Day one

  1. mymidnightmuse

    February 2, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Nothing worth doing is ever easy, is it? I’m proud of you, though, because my day-plan failed. So I have to start tomorrow.

  2. Lori

    February 4, 2008 at 11:27 am

    How are you doing now, Pete?

  3. Pete Tzinski

    February 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    My nifty Twenty-One days idea fell apart on day 2, which would be the day when Zach was less than cooperative, and far too awake, things were stressful, and the ability to settle and write was far, far off. I intended to restart the process on February 3rd, when I also woke up far too early (thanks to Mr. Baby) and found my day filled.

    So, for now, it remains a happy idea and a nifty experiment and, er, not much else I’m afraid. Maybe one of these days… 🙂

  4. Shadow Ferret

    February 5, 2008 at 6:53 am

    I think I’ve successfully completed the 21 day experiment.

    I haven’t written much of anything for 21 days and I think its becoming a habit.

  5. Lori

    February 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Pete, maybe you should set a smaller word count goal? Something more compatible with being a stay-at-home parent. Maybe 500 words a day? Or a 1000 if you absolutely must have that many? There’s nothing to say that you can’t write more if all the stars are in alignment. The real goal you’re aiming for is to write something everyday, isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be an astronomical number that someone without an infant and a home to care for would have trouble achieving.

  6. Shadow Ferret

    February 5, 2008 at 9:25 am

    As a parent, I’ve been there. I never set a word limit for myself. (And let’s ignore that I pretty much stopped writing for a period.) Just set a time “period” for writing. Get a stopwatch and tell yourself, OK, I’m going to try to write for an hour a day.

    Start the watch, start writing. If you get interupted, stop the watch –DON’T RESET IT– go take care of things, come back, start the watch again and continue writing until eventually you log in that hour or hour and a half or whatever it is you want.

  7. Pete Tzinski

    February 5, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I tried the “star the watch” method briefly, a few months ago. I twas just impractical. Kids make so many things impractical. (It’s been seven months since I went to the movie theater. Good grief!)

    I think I AM going to set a lower word count goal. Specifically, something that I can do easily on paper, OR on the computer, as the day requires. I’m not giving up, I’m just waiting until Zach can be addicted to television. 😀 (I’m kidding, I’m kidding)

  8. mymidnightmuse

    February 5, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I had to do that, and I’m not even a parent! I had to promise myself simply Words Every Day, not a particular word count number – mostly because I’m trying to stop myself from thinking in terms of word count. Back in my Happy Writing Days, word count was meaningless and I never looked at it. So as part of my rehabilitation, I’m not checking that any longer – so my 21 day pledge was simply Words, and moving the story forward.

  9. Pete Tzinski

    February 5, 2008 at 10:37 am

    That’s probably the best idea: Just Write for 21 days. I know I don’t feel like I’m useful if I do less than 1,000 words, but maybe no word limit. Just write, every day, for 21 days, a lot or a little, and report in. That might be most feasible.

    I’ll figure out and, I think, probably start tomorrow. Depending on what I figure. 🙂

  10. Shadow Ferret

    February 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

    The day that I discovered that if I propped my son in a “bopbie” and put on a Barney video and I recieved in return a half hour of my own time was a blessing.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given the finger to people who say, “television shouldn’t be used as a babysitter.” Obviously they aren’t parents who want to get anything done around the house.

  11. Pete Tzinski

    February 5, 2008 at 11:48 am

    ah crap, Ed’s about to give me the finger.

    I’m not a big fan of TV. It’s cliche to say “when I was a kid,” but…when I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch TV in the daytime. Only at night, with my family. Of course, we were mostly out of the country and TV wasn’t a big option anyway (other things that weren’t big options: safe drinking water; leaving your door unlocked; carrying money).

    Even now, I know he responds to the TV. When Myne Wyfe and I are watching, he’ll focus on the colors. But during the day, I still won’t put him in his bouncy seat and turn the TV on. I don’t know. I just can’t justify it.

    WHich is not to say it’s a bad thing. It just doesn’t jive with my world view, I guess.

  12. Shadow Ferret

    February 5, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I was tired, Pete. Very tired. We actually had our in-laws take him one night just so we could sleep. They thought we were nuts, just your typical complaining new parents, until they had him that evening, then they understood.

    That half hour of Barney helped me keep my sanity.

    Or what there was of it.

  13. Pete Tzinski

    February 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    See, in that instance, I can see it. And I never get the complaining about other people’s parenting. It’s baffling. It’s not like any two kids are the same.

  14. tjwriter

    February 7, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Things are nutty around here right now. Long, sad story. But I may try the Just Write for 21 Days method here soon. After things settle down.


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