Today I challenged myself to update as many of my online portals as possible, without cutting out the prewriting phase of any project. It was a fun workday challenge, and it took me above-and-beyond my 3K word count daily goal. Here’s what I came up with:
I’m updating my wedding blog daily right now, so it was first…
After listening to music, I felt jazzed to write poetry, so I tried the Word of the Day:
Rydia’s Last Cure
Then I decided to take a break from WordPress and instead my daily Wattpad:
(Rob is a baby Bomb 💚🤓💙)
Cleo’s Autism Awareness
When I took a break to read my Facebook feed and update myself on angry politics, I found a beautiful underwater choreography that inspired me to write another poem; and after I finished the prose poem on a Notepad file, it looked curiously like 1 of 7 reasons why I fear and love water. So I decided to write about my special interest in water at my autism awareness and self-exploration blog:
My Quest for Chicken
Another post wove into being because of a second pull on the Facebook slot machine:
After interacting too much with social media, I went to my Wix—where I’ve been trying to work out how to gamify my life—and I came up with a schedule for July:
Our Cat Overlords
At this point, it’s 5:30pm, and I am drained. I believe I’ve reached the optimal amount of work I can do in a day, provided I’m not sick or hurting. Unfortunately, half the time, I’m sick or hurting, whether it’s eye-twitching and excessive need to stim, i.e. lack of proper mental self-care; or sharp pains in the nerves of my lower back, i.e. lack of physical self-care; or stomach problems; or migraines; or socially accepted illnesses like cold, flu, awful allergies, or insomnia.
But today is a good day, so on my last sputters of energy, I’m going to draft an outline of how I want to update this website for my next one-week challenge:
- introduce Buttercup (I’ve already introduced Philosopher Jones & Phoebe);
- then Greg;
- then Tom;
- then DeeJAY;
- then Bozo (who isn’t a cat, but she’ll be in the cat novel cast anyway);
- then Meeper;
- then Peri & Ben.
Chase is also working on a cat print right now… We’ll debut that print, along with a handmade book, journal, and candle on Etsy and Our Cat Overlords in August, after we come home from our honeymoon. We’ll be photographing, video recording, and preparing logos for this store in July, before we get married.
Oh, and both of us are participating in National Blog Writing Month (NaBloWriMo) in November to showcase some sci-fi cat satire, since the one vote I got on my shout-out for novel ideas was “cat comedy.”
*Mr. Burns hands* It’ll be excellent.
Kourtnie.net is the last update for the day, and you’re reading it. It’s all dinner, gardening, cats, birds, fish, and video games from here.
“Prewriting phase of any project…?”
Earlier I mentioned, one of the hurdles I placed on this creative challenge was including the prewriting phase in all my projects. When I write online content, I give myself a 15-minute break before I start an article: but that break must be used to fuel the idea I plan to explore in my upcoming writing goal.
If the writing project lasts more than an hour, I give myself another 15-minute break. So I’m researching 25% of the time (the pre-writing) and producing 75% of the time (the writing), which is more like 50% of the time, after you figure in cats, birds, restroom, snack, tea, gardening, stimming, answering texts, answering phone calls, chatting with Chase, applying lotions, preparing aromatherapies, nervously cleaning, and addictive drags of Love Nikki.
More often than not, I spend the 15-minute break on YouTube; but once per day, I also try to earnestly read my Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram feeds.
And speaking of all those feeds I read every day—I’ve been wanting to find a way to also only update each once per day, so I can streamline the whole social media process. I think I’ve been spending enough time focusing on increasing the flow of my writing and ideas, it’s time to fine tune my marketing mojo.
NecroBlogger & From North On
These are the only blogs I didn’t update today… So you bet I’ll be updating one of them tomorrow! It’s like Whack a’ Mole; I might as well whack the last moles next time I sit to write.
Emergence No. 7
I didn’t get to my other Wattpad projects, including my slow-burn, Emergence No. 7, and the project that shall not be named. But that’s okay!—I accomplished quite a bit, and I’m more than satisfied to call it quits at 6pm so I can enjoy meaningful dinner and rest.
I’m not sure if I have it in me to do this challenge again before our wedding; but I’ll see if I can’t go on one more creative 24-hour marathon in August. It’s fun, especially when you’re in flow. It feels like an idea cleanse.
Oh, I know—I’ll do my next one after my mid-August word count check; once I see how close (are far) I am to my end-year goal of one million words, I’ll likely be electrocuted into updating all my portals. It’ll be a good jam.