10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – June 27 or 30

Image Copyright © Tracy Mangold aka @InkyTwig. Thanks, Tracy!


WELCOME TO ALL those plucky writers who are participating this week!

This is the place to post your check-ins for Wed, June 27 and/or Saturday, June 30.

To learn more about this event, mouse over 10K Days in the blog menu above.

If you’re participating from overseas, feel free to start according to your own time zone. This check-in page is posted the evening before the event so you can. 🙂

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE REGULAR BREAKS!

You’ll regret it later (when you’re feeling fried) if you don’t take regular breaks. Even if you’re on fire with your writing, take your scheduled breaks.

Every two hours is recommended. Breaks are also for posting check-ins.

WHAT SHOULD YOU POST FOR YOUR CHECK-INS?

TIP: If you don’t see your comment right away after posting, try refreshing your screen.

1. You can mention your word count if you want to. If you’d rather not, please comment about your progress thus far.

2. You can also describe what you’re working on.

3. Feel free to mention how you’re feeling and how the day is going for you.

4. It’s always fun to hear what people are drinking, snacking on or listening to.

DON’T FORGET TO log out of forums, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

Go gettum, Tigers! – Milli

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147 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – June 27 or 30
  1. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 27, 2012 | 1:57 AM

    *falls over* Normally, I would be able to bash out around 2,000 words before bed, but exhaustion is creeping up on me. Once I figured out what I was going to write, which took a solid ten minutes of me going through various folders on my flash drive, I got 944 words bashed out.

    I’ll join everyone a little bit later. Good luck to all! See you in the daytime!

    -Laura

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 4:15 AM

      Now you’re prepared for the daytime writing, that’s great 🙂
      Hope you had a great night’s sleep, see you later.

      • Laura
        Twitter: dream_mancer
        June 27, 2012 | 11:55 AM

        I sleep best on the weekends, but sleep is sleep! Now I’m back and ready to roll!

        • Estrella Azul
          June 27, 2012 | 11:59 AM

          I know what you mean, sleep is sleep! (I rarely get a good night’s sleep.)
          Happy writing!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 11:14 AM

      Hi Laura!

      Looking forward to hearing more from you when you’re back on the 10K deck for today. 🙂

  2. Estrella Azul
    June 27, 2012 | 4:14 AM

    Hello everyone!
    I could make it on Wednesday *feels like celebrating* 🙂

    I woke up not too long ago, decided to sleep in a bit. Feeling pretty rested, so I’m glad I did.
    Just having a bowl of apple soup while typing this, uploading/sharing a Picasa WebAlbum, checking e-mails and comments and stuff so those will be out of my way once I start the actual writing.

    Today I’m writing from home, which means I’ll have smaller chores (which add up… so) – will be doing them during breaks. I have a new wedding favor order as well and since (I’m never ever taking another urgent order) I have enough time to finish it, I’ll just be making one heart at a time when I take a break or happen to pass through the kitchen, just so I won’t feel like I’m completely ignoring it 😉
    My mom had errands to run this morning and will be going to work straight from there, so I have the house to myself until a little after 8pm!

    Looking forward to writing (with all of you)!!! See you later.
    Happy writing!

  3. David Masters
    Twitter: davidmasters
    June 27, 2012 | 5:15 AM

    1. In the first two hour session, I hit 2,978 words.

    2. I’m working on a fiction project.

    3. Feeling good! It feels great to write so fast and to turn off all distractions.

    4. Sipping on a mug of Rooibos tea.

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 6:25 AM

      That is wonderful, David, well done! Fiction is great to write, or at least for me, it always ups my word count in no time 😉

      Turning off all the distractions is a must as I’ve also come to realize. I have my phone on “silent” not even “vibrate” so it won’t interrupt the word flow – will call back anyone during breaks.

      Enjoy your tea!

    • David Masters
      Twitter: davidmasters
      June 27, 2012 | 8:05 AM

      1. In the second session, I hit 2,168 words, so my current wordcount is 5,146.

      2. Fiction, freewriting and a magazine article

      3. Unsure I’ll hit 10,000 before the day is out!

      4. I had an interesting lunch of leftovers: bean burger, vegetarian chilli, mushy peas and rice.

      • David Masters
        Twitter: davidmasters
        June 27, 2012 | 11:01 AM

        1. Okay, I’m at 10,041. Done for the day!

        2. This afternoon I did 5,000 words of freewriting. Felt a bit like cheating, but I’ve never done such a long freewriting session, and I wanted to hit 10,000 words no matter what.

        3. I feel good. I’ve learned a lot from today. Hope I can continue writing this fast and being this disciplined!

        4. This afternoon, water and monkey nuts.

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 27, 2012 | 11:08 AM

          Wow, David, your results for your very first 10K Day are impressive and thrilling. Congratulations!

          I know what you mean about feeling like you’re cheating for free-writing. But any writing flow is a noble thing – it’s only our over-achiever side that tries to tell us it only counts for certain “more important” kinds of writing.

          I’m pleased to hear you learned a lot from today. If you’d like to be a guest blogger at FoW to share what you’ve learned, you’d be in good company. I’ve had several 10K regulars share what they’ve learned and those are always a great read. I’d be fascinated to hear your take on it.

          P.S. Am I the only one who doesn’t know what monkey nuts are? 😀

        • Estrella Azul
          June 27, 2012 | 11:43 AM

          Wow, congrats, David!
          Sounds like an amazing day – I’d also love to read your thoughts on what you’ve learned 🙂

          PS: I second Milli’s question. What are monkey nuts?

          • David Masters
            Twitter: davidmasters
            June 27, 2012 | 1:59 PM

            Thanks! Monkey nuts are peanuts still inside the shell.

            Wikipedia: “Peanuts are known by many other local names such as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts.”

            • Fear of Writing
              Twitter: fearofwriting
              June 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM

              I like “goober peas” the best. 😀

            • Estrella Azul
              June 27, 2012 | 2:14 PM

              Riight… that does make sense actually 😉 Thanks!(didn’t want to go Google it, might have drawn me into some serious procrastinating)

  4. Estrella Azul
    June 27, 2012 | 6:26 AM

    I’m just taking a break now to have some lunch (also, kitties and bunny need to be fed).
    I’ve already crossed off three of my short to-writes 🙂 Have several more to go, but am getting the must-dos out of the way before getting to the fun stuff of flash fiction and poems. Those are always easiest!

    My current word count is: 1251

    • David Masters
      Twitter: davidmasters
      June 27, 2012 | 8:03 AM

      Good job, Estrella! I’m also taking a lunch break.

      • Estrella Azul
        June 27, 2012 | 8:21 AM

        Thanks. Enjoy your lunch!

        I’m a little over 3500 words by now – and am proving how the “time flies when you’re having fun” saying is absolutely true 😉

        • Laura
          Twitter: dream_mancer
          June 27, 2012 | 11:57 AM

          Wow! You’re just plowing through those words! Congrats!

          • Estrella Azul
            June 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM

            Thanks, Laura, I’m actually past 7K by now 😉

  5. Patti Stafford
    Twitter: pattistafford
    June 27, 2012 | 8:45 AM

    Good day happy writers!

    I *had* planned to participate today, but it looks like I may only get to shout hoo-hahs! But you can never have too many hoo-hahs.

    We didn’t get in until midnight last night. Kevin had a gig playing a sweet 16 birthday party.

    I have some freelance work to get out of the way and then maybe I can get to some fiction work.

    Hope everyone is having a great day of writerly fun!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 11:12 AM

      Hi Patti 🙂

      The Sweet 16 birthday party sounded fun. Hope you had a good time.

      Hey, if you’re doing freelance work, you can count those words here. You don’t have to be writing only fiction to do your check-ins here.

      Hope to hear from you again later today.

      xoxo

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 11:33 AM

      Most of my writing today was non-fiction, so you should go ahead and leave your word count if you want to.

      And thank you, you can never have enough hoo-hahs 😉

  6. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 27, 2012 | 8:54 AM

    Good Morning Everyone,

    I’ve been sick for the past week with a chest cold so I let myself sleep late. I’ve got a list of things I’m eager to write but I’m going to take it easy, write slow and take lots of extra breaks. The worst of the cold is over but I still need to be gentle on myself.

    OK, off to make cappuccino and then dive into some journaling before I start on my list.

    ~ Milli

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 9:38 AM

      Good morning Milli,

      sorry to hear you’re not completely well yet, good thing you let yourself sleep late.
      Do take many extra breaks and just enjoy a day of writing and resting *sending healing thoughts*
      Enjoy that cappuccino 🙂

      I’ve crossed off (just counted) eight things off my to-write list! (And just posted one of them as a blog post.) They’re all shorter writings, but I’ve built my list for today AND Saturday combined. So I am getting all the small stuff out of the way now and leaving the fun fiction part mostly for Saturday.
      I’m just shy of 5K at the moment 🙂

      Happy writing!

      • Fear of Writing
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        June 27, 2012 | 10:21 AM

        Thanks for your caring words, Estrella. 🙂 Considering how fired up I am to write the stuff on my list, I’m doing a good job of keeping my pace slow and nurturing. Just finished 5 pages of handwritten journaling for a word count of 700.

        Congrats on your progress! I saw your blog post come through in my email. Good one. And getting the small stuff out of the way so you can enjoy fiction-writing on Saturday sounds like a great plan.

        I’m off to cook some breakfast. Poached eggs and French toast (the toaster variety – I found a yummy brand).

        • Estrella Azul
          June 27, 2012 | 11:40 AM

          Well done, you do seem fired up – but be nurturing with yourself!

          I never really had both days at my disposal, so I’m really excited that I’m getting all the non-fiction stuff done today and that I’ll have the whole Saturday to write away on flash fiction and poems!

          Thanks, glad you liked the blog post. I started reading the post which inspired it last week, but then procrastinated from actually writing it 😉 You know how that goes.

          I’m past 7K now!

          • Fear of Writing
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            June 27, 2012 | 11:50 AM

            I’m now to a grand total of 830 words. Hehe. I could not go any faster if I tried. No choice but to hang with the tortoise pace . . . but that’s OK. I have a lifetime of 10K Days ahead of me, right? 😀

            I’ve been hearing your excitement about having two 10K Days at your disposal this month ever since your first check-in this morning. I’m over the moon for you. 🙂

            Congrats on the 7K, Estrella. I’m truly and deeply thrilled for you! xoxo

            • Estrella Azul
              June 27, 2012 | 11:56 AM

              Yay on the 830 words, Milli, that is great considering you’re still sick! *cheering you on*

              Thank you, honey!
              It makes all the difference I think, for me, to be relaxed and know there’s absolutely nothing else I really really need to do right now. You know I don’t like tight deadlines and being rushed, so having both days this month is like Writerly Heaven <3

              • Fear of Writing
                Twitter: fearofwriting
                June 27, 2012 | 11:59 AM

                Writerly Heaven. Might have to tweet you on that one as well! (except I’ve been procrastinating about getting on with my list so I’d better do that later :D)

                xoxo

                • Estrella Azul
                  June 27, 2012 | 12:01 PM

                  Thanks, Milli, you’re so sweet to tweet me 🙂
                  But yes, get on with your own list first *hugs*

    • David Masters
      Twitter: davidmasters
      June 27, 2012 | 11:02 AM

      Hope you’re feeling better soon, Milli!

  7. Dana
    Twitter: danapittman
    June 27, 2012 | 10:51 AM

    I’m up and writing. I forgot to check in. I have a couple of appointments and will go offline for a while to work. I will check in later. Thanks My Milli!!!

    UPDATE: 1100 of 10K

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 11:09 AM

      Hooray for 1100 words! You rock!

      xoxo

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 11:50 AM

      Yay for the 1100 words already written – happy writing for later!

    • Dana Pittman
      Twitter: danapittman
      June 27, 2012 | 11:02 PM

      Thanks! I was rolling early. 🙂

  8. Lois
    June 27, 2012 | 11:16 AM

    I’m here! 😀

    I’m going to grab something to eat, then dive into one of the backstories I’ve been working on. Actually, I haven’t really written a thing all week, so it will be good to work on this.

    I’ll be back later to check in and post my progress.

    Good luck, everyone!

    ~L

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 11:21 AM

      Welcome, Lois! I was just wondering when we’d see you. Glad to have you here with us. 🙂

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 1:28 PM

        I’m glad to be here! 😀

        It’s very slow going, but at least I’ve written words I didn’t have before. 🙂

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 11:52 AM

      I also love that about 10K Days — even if I am exhausted or something and don’t end up reaching 10K, it’s amazing to actually take a whole day and fill my soul with writing 🙂

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 1:29 PM

        Yes, exactly! 😀

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 2:17 PM

      I just finished mine, but hope you have an awesome writing day!

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 2:21 PM

        So far, it’s going well, even if I’m nowhere near 10K. 😉

  9. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 27, 2012 | 11:54 AM

    Hello all! I’m back!!

    I’m at work today, but we are having a very slow week and most of my job today will involve writing and typing things. Spent a good while cleaning the office and making my daily to-do list so that I have everything in order.

    I plan on doing 100 word sprints in between jobs to give my brain a change of pace. Word count is still at 944 and I’m not sure what I’ll tackle first. I have more research to do before I can work on the term paper due on Sunday and my brain is on a “work work work” binge. I should probably appease it while I still have the motivation!

    Sounds like everyone is well underway! Good luck!

    -Laura

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 12:04 PM

      Laura, thanks for the interesting check-in. I always love these “behind-the-scenes” type check-ins where I get to hear more about the writer’s process.

      Cool to hear about you cleaning the office. I’m actually planning to write an article today about getting organized before starting a project and would love to get a quote from you. We can do that by email. If you drop me a line at | wordnerd …. at …. fearofwriting.com | I’ll ask you a simple question or two to elicit your take on it that would fit the slant of my article.

      • Estrella Azul
        June 27, 2012 | 2:19 PM

        Not asking the in-house perfectionist? *show of hands* 😉

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 27, 2012 | 2:30 PM

          LOL! In-house perfectionist. I love it. 😀

          And I’d love to quote you as well! I’ll send you some questions. For this article, I don’t want to quote more than writer. But you’ll be perfect because you can answer my Qs in regards to your starting new projects for your crafting business.

          • Estrella Azul
            June 28, 2012 | 4:44 AM

            Wonderful, looking forward to those questions! I’m a complete perfectionist in my crafting business as well, so you’re in luck 😉

      • Laura
        Twitter: dream_mancer
        June 27, 2012 | 3:19 PM

        I’m just past 5,000 words (5,001 to be exact). Tackled one of the smaller notebooks for work and got quite a few words from it!

        Right now I’m battling the heat (it’s 102 degrees and for the next week, the high temps range between 103-107) so that’s affected my writing a little bit. I have to kick my air conditioner to make it work every once in a while.

        Hopefully I can work on some fiction soon. My muse is in the corner sulking because she’s being ignored.

        Congrats to everyone who has already pushed past 10K!

        • Lois
          June 27, 2012 | 4:11 PM

          Ugh! Right now, the only AC we have is a new window unit in my studio. The central AC picked a fine time to stop working. My mom’s flying in on Saturday, and with this heat wave, there’s no way we can let her suffer without some nice cool air. We’ve got work being done so that we can have a new unit installed, but if it’s not done in time, we’ve got back-up plans in place.

          Anyway, awesome word count, Laura! Keep it up! 😀 I’m stopping at 3,093. 😉 I hope to join in from the road on Saturday. That’s if I can get a connection between here and Little Rock.

          • Laura
            Twitter: dream_mancer
            June 27, 2012 | 4:14 PM

            August is going to be brutal. This is crazy weather for June, even for us. Even MJ’s was hot yesterday, and I’m usually freezing in there.

            Thanks, Lois! 3K is 3K! And if the connection works out, I’ll see you Saturday!

            • Lois
              June 27, 2012 | 4:17 PM

              Wish we could have come down there, but we were stuck waiting for the carpenter to see what work we need him to do. He didn’t come until around 5:30! (Of course, we usually go to the kids’ place on Tuesday nights, but I plan to change that once in a while–especially around November).

              I’m from the northeast, and even though it’s been a lot of years since I’ve been back there, I still prefer cooler summers (90* for a high would be heaven right now!).

              I sure hope it does. The new device should be arriving today! 🙂

  10. Patti
    Twitter: pattistafford
    June 27, 2012 | 12:37 PM

    I’ve only written one article today and then had a nap. Those late nights are a bit tougher on me these days than they used to be. LOL

    But, I”m up for some hoo-hahs! So, HOO-HAH!

    Don’t know where my afternoon will go, but I intend to enjoy it, whatever it is. 🙂

    • Lois
      June 27, 2012 | 4:12 PM

      HOO-HAH right back atcha, Patti! 😀

  11. Valeka
    Twitter: runningonheavy
    June 27, 2012 | 12:39 PM

    WHEW!!! Finally made it!! Going to start working on a blog and then working on my children’s book for a bit! Hope everyone is off to a good start today 🙂

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 12:42 PM

      Yay! You’re here!

      Your writing plans sound great. I’m excited about your book for children. Still want my grandson to be able to read it. 🙂

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 2:19 PM

      Hope it’s going well for you!

  12. lorig
    Twitter: lorigg
    June 27, 2012 | 1:15 PM

    apparently my head didn’t get the memo that today is a writing day. I awoke with a bad headache and have found multiple excuses for procrastination. first two hours amounted to copying out a page of inspiration and writing about ten words of my own. I will not give up. But I doubt I’ll make my goal.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 1:20 PM

      Lori, glad you made it! And, ow, sorry about the headache. No fair. But you’re definitely not alone. I’m sick with a chest cold and I’m slower than molasses with my writing pace today … I’m just here for the love of writing today.

      I’m impressed about you copying out a page of inspiration while you weren’t feeling good. Great tactic and I hope it helped. I hope your headache goes away soon! And congrats on the 10 words. I love your determination! 🙂

      ~ Milli

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 2:21 PM

      Sorry to hear about that. Hope your day improves, writing or no writing!

  13. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 27, 2012 | 1:36 PM

    Once I overcame my procrastination and attacked something from my list, the words flowed a bit faster. I’m now on 2145. And hungry!! I haven’t had much appetite while I’ve been sick so this is great. Gonna go grab some lunch.

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 2:24 PM

      That sounds great, Milli, so glad to read it!

      My mom is home now and making me listen to the TV since she’s watching – good thing I finished my writing just before she arrived home!

      I finished my 10K Day with a total word count of 10652 words. Super excited!
      And hungry. Going to have dinner now and a glass of wine to celebrate my achievement! 🙂

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 2:29 PM

        Congratulations!!! 😀

        One of these months, I’m going to have to actually shoot for 10K. I haven’t for a long time, because I just haven’t had the time. I’ll have to make the time, and plan for it in advance!

        • Estrella Azul
          June 27, 2012 | 2:38 PM

          Thank you!

          I was in the same position for a long time, Lois. Also, I missed last month’s 10K days entirely as I had to go in to work on Saturday as well.

          Milli’s course, Ace Your 10K Day, actually helped a lot in my getting everything organized and ready to enjoy a whole day of writing. I probably would’ve aced my April 10K day as well, if it weren’t for a bad case of insomnia the night before.

          • Lois
            June 27, 2012 | 4:07 PM

            I was in the opposite position for a long time. I had tons of time to write. Now, not so much. 🙁

            I’m glad Milli’s Ace Your 10K Day course helped you! 😀

            • Estrella Azul
              June 28, 2012 | 5:03 AM

              I wasn’t supposed to have the day off yesterday, but then I did, and knew I had to spend it writing. It completely paid off!

              We’re all constantly busy, it seems. The answer “I’m good, thanks” to the question “How are you” has been replaced by “I’m so busy”. And validly so, I know firsthand how hectic things can get with work, and life being life, demanding our attention.
              So sometimes, one just has to say “No” and carve out some writing time anyway.
              The thrill you get from writing so much will force all the busy and annoying stuff to stay away – or at least be much more tolerable.
              (i.e. my mom completely lashed out at me last night after my reaching 10K for the first time ever. She isn’t talking to me this morning either.
              But hey, she wasn’t the one working on her sanity by taking a day just for writing, so I’m not letting it bother me this time!)

              PS: Yes. I write, because there’s nothing else to better keep me on the right track of sanity – or prove the lack thereof all at once 😉

              • Lois
                June 28, 2012 | 2:25 PM

                That’s awesome! 😀

                Well, I’m taking steps to gain more time for writing. I’ve unsubscribed from certain e-mail newsletters, and I have more to go still. My biggest problem, I think, is trying to keep up with all my different blogs. I don’t post very often for lack of time, but I don’t want to give up my blogs because I’d lose touch with some of the people there. I already rarely go to Facebook or Twitter (mostly just answer comments people have left me–most of the people there are the people I know IRL, and I never see them because they live so far away). I’m not sure what more I can do, honestly. My mornings are for me (mostly for fitness and taking care of the house, but also taking care of the fish and other things). I’ll figure it out. It’s just going to take time.

                Haha!

                • Estrella Azul
                  June 30, 2012 | 5:04 AM

                  Those are some great first steps.

                  Throwing some ideas around:
                  Is there a way you could maybe merge your blogs?
                  Like for example, if you drop by my blog, you’ll see that I love so many different things, but didn’t split them up. I post my Creative Writing, Recipes, Craft tutorials/Homemade recipes/etc., I started a Seasonal Photo Challenge and so on all in one place. They all go into different categories and I listed them under my blog header for easy access.
                  You could then make up a once a week or three days a week blogging schedule and post something different each week or each day.
                  (My posting schedule is loosely every two days overall or just Monday and Wednesdays.)

                  Hope this helps 🙂

                  • Lois
                    June 30, 2012 | 4:19 PM

                    Unfortunately, that wouldn’t work for me, as I have followers from different Web sites, and I’d lose touch with people I don’t want to. As it is now, I have to copy and paste from one blog to another whenever I do post, which isn’t often to begin with (I used to blog every day). Your idea would work if everyone was in one place. I wish they were. It would make things a lot easier. 😉

                    Thanks!

                    ~L

  14. Lois
    June 27, 2012 | 2:03 PM

    It’s not much, but I did a word count check, and I’m at 922 words. I was going to make some decaf and think about how to transition into the next part, but I was too eager to write, so I already transitioned. However, the next part is where his story really begins, so I’m going to go fix that decaf now and think on it for a few minutes before I dive in again.

    Hope you’re all having an awesome day of writing!

    ~L

  15. Valeka
    Twitter: runningonheavy
    June 27, 2012 | 2:19 PM

    So far I’ve written 1826! Not bad considering I started the day off with editing instead of writing. It morphed into something else entirely 🙂 How is everyone else doing today?

    • Lois
      June 27, 2012 | 2:23 PM

      It’s slow going (I’m only at 922 words), but it’s going. 🙂

      This is backstory, but I need to know this stuff if I’m going to make Braydn a well-rounded character, right?

      Good luck today! 😀

      ~L

    • Estrella Azul
      June 27, 2012 | 2:27 PM

      That’s great Valeka and Lois, well done! I think the day is still young over at your end 🙂

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 2:30 PM

        It is, but I’m limited on time. Speaking of, it’s not getting any earlier. I’d better get back to it. 😉

  16. Lois
    June 27, 2012 | 4:14 PM

    Stopping at 3,093 words. I’ve got some things I need to do, and we plan on going to the kids’ place after dinner, so I doubt I’ll write anymore tonight. But I hope to re-join you all on Saturday if I can get a connection from the road while we head for Little Rock!

    Good luck to everyone still writing. Have fun, and don’t let the plot bunnies steal your words away! 😉

    ~L

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 4:20 PM

      Awesome on the 3,093 words, Lois!

      Have a safe trip to Little Rock to pick up your mom. We’ll see you here if you get a connection from the road.

      P.S. The plot bunnies are always hanging out in my backyard but, don’t worry, they won’t be able to fool me. 😀

      • Lois
        June 27, 2012 | 4:28 PM

        Thanks, Milli! 🙂

        Haha! I’m really glad to hear it! 😀

    • Estrella Azul
      June 28, 2012 | 5:09 AM

      That is great, Lori, well done! Hope the visiting went well 🙂

      • Lois
        June 28, 2012 | 2:28 PM

        Actually, the carpenter came too late (I was also waiting on packages from UPS that I didn’t want to have sitting out in the heat for too long), so we’ve postponed it for the second time this week. We’re going to have a cookout on Saturday, instead. My mom will be settling in, and she’ll love to see the kids while eating delicious food! 🙂

  17. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 27, 2012 | 4:21 PM

    I’ve written two articles that I’m very happy with. But this dang cold is so draining. I need a break. I’m going to read for a bit, then make some coffee. I plan on a little more journaling and then at least one more article today.

    • Lois
      June 27, 2012 | 4:30 PM

      I had a bad cold recently (kinda surprised me that I got colds twice in a row when I’ve been getting the flu most of the time), so I can empathize. I hope you get better quickly, Milli. 🙂

      Enjoy your coffee! 😀

      Catch you on Saturday if I can…

      • Fear of Writing
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        June 27, 2012 | 4:46 PM

        Thanks for the empathy, Lois. I haven’t had a cold in years (we always nip them in the bud with Wellness Formula). I forgot to take WF with us on the New Mexico trip and wham! I got caught without it. I’d forgotten how bad a cold can feel.

        I’m so drained right now (after taking all day to write 3168 words) I think I’m just going to crawl into bed and rest.

        • Lois
          June 28, 2012 | 12:27 PM

          Wellness Formula? Who makes it? And does it help with the flu, too? The flu is what I mostly get.

          Hope you got some great rest!

  18. lorig
    Twitter: lorigg
    June 27, 2012 | 4:30 PM

    second stretch of writing went better. I estimate 1250 words now. Writing to the sounds of heavy winds and falling trees. Distraction abounds.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 4:40 PM

      Falling trees? Gosh, Lori, I hope you’re safe.

      Well done on the 1250 words. I hope your headache feels better too.

      • lorig
        Twitter: lorigg
        June 27, 2012 | 8:30 PM

        We’ve had strong winds for the last two days and some tornadoes yesterday. Some large branches fell off the neighbours tree on our fence. Can’t do anything about it until the wind stops.

        Managed to get a short story written. not sure about the ending yet. It’s about 1000 words now added to the other writing from today I am at about 2750. Might get to write a bit more tonight.

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 27, 2012 | 8:35 PM

          I’m glad you’re OK despite the tornadoes. 🙂

          Congrats on the short story and the 2750! Looks like everyone else has pretty much quit for the day, but I’ll still be around this evening. Would love to hear any other check-ins you have, if you decide to do some more writing tonight.

  19. Valeka
    Twitter: runningonheavy
    June 27, 2012 | 5:15 PM

    I finally buckled down and I’m almost at 6K words today! I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m not sure where the words came from but I’m running with it!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 5:25 PM

      Awesome, Valeka! I’m proud of you too. 🙂

      • Valeka
        Twitter: runningonheavy
        June 27, 2012 | 5:57 PM

        Thanks, Milli!! I’m calling it a day now since I have plans with some friends. As always, I had fun today! These 10K Days are wonderful!! Hugs!

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 27, 2012 | 6:02 PM

          Have fun with your friends! And thanks for joining us today. It wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂

    • Estrella Azul
      June 28, 2012 | 5:07 AM

      Congrats, that is wonderful!

  20. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 27, 2012 | 5:52 PM

    I’m stalled out at 5,321. Tried working on two different projects but my rhythm got screwed by a printer problem and waiting on hold with HP for a solid hour didn’t help.

    I switched the music I was listening to (from Linkin Park’s newest album to the score from Hannah by the Chemical Brothers) and the different pace in the music is changing the pace in my brain.

    What I’m going to work on is something I’m not too sure about. It’s a lot more action-filled than what I normally write and I almost think it would be better suited as a screenplay, but as I’ve never even attempted to write one of those, I’m sticking to novel format.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 6:01 PM

      Laura, I’m stalled too, but for different reasons. This cold is so draining, I had to go lie down. I’ve now progressed to having a cup of herbal tea. But I’m not sure I’ll be able to write anything else today.

      Your screenplay-novel story sounds interesting! Best of luck with it. I reckon you’ll find your groove again. 🙂

  21. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 27, 2012 | 10:10 PM

    It’s crazy what some time away will do! After some tea and coffee, plus a bit of food and a change of music, I’m taking a break at 8,655. Also on a roll.

    I don’t know what it is, but when the sun goes down, the words start pouring out. Guess that means I can never live in Alaska. Dang it.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 10:13 PM

      Awesome on the 8,655, Laura! I just knew you’d bounce back.

      I can relate to the part about after the sun goes down. It always takes me hours to get my day into gear, and I do my best work in the afternoons and evenings. (And by pulling the occasional late-nighter.) If I didn’t have to fit with my husband’s more normal schedule, I would be a dedicated night-owl writer, for sure. 🙂

      • Laura
        Twitter: dream_mancer
        June 27, 2012 | 10:51 PM

        Thanks!

        I’m a night owl and I always have been. I think it’s because I don’t have the subconscious want to go outside and play with nature, although with temps in the 100’s by noon, that want has been curbed.

        If my work schedule didn’t exist, I would probably sleep in the day and be active at night. My brain just doesn’t like to shut off. All nighters are common with me. But yay writing!

        Are you feeling better?

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 27, 2012 | 11:03 PM

          I am feeling better, thanks for asking. But I decided to lay off the 10K Day writing. Sadly, it was too draining and I ended up feeling totally wiped out.

          But instead I’ve been working on the articles I wrote today, editing them, adding images and getting ready to publish. So at least it’s 10K Day *related.* And for some reasons that’s not draining me.

          Really wanted to work on the article I interviewed you for. 🙂 But I think I’ll need more strength for that one. Hopefully I can work on it during Saturday’s 10K Day. Can’t wait!

          • Estrella Azul
            June 28, 2012 | 5:16 AM

            Yay on editing and adding pics, Milli, that’s totally 10K related 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your articles!

        • Estrella Azul
          June 28, 2012 | 5:13 AM

          My brain does the same exact thing! Is it a writer thing maybe? 😉
          Glad to read your word count, congrats!

  22. Dana Pittman
    Twitter: danapittman
    June 27, 2012 | 11:00 PM

    I didn’t reach 10k. I did a little under 4k. I had a very productive day. I plan to continue the momentum tomorrow. Thanks!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 27, 2012 | 11:04 PM

      Hooray for a productive day and almost 4K! Feel free to come back here tomorrow and post any further progress.

      Are you planning to write with us on Saturday? Or will you be Personal Assistant to the Daughter Unit that day? 😀

      • Dana
        Twitter: danapittman
        June 28, 2012 | 11:50 AM

        I will because I’m heading to the coffee shop to get my work on. :o)

        As for Saturday, I don’t think so. I’m shipping the kiddos off, which usually means last minute shopping and packing. (I hope not…but I know my kids.)

    • Estrella Azul
      June 28, 2012 | 5:15 AM

      As long as you feel the day was productive, keep going 🙂 4K is so much more than nothing, right?
      See you Saturday?

      • Dana
        Twitter: danapittman
        June 28, 2012 | 11:51 AM

        Yes, that’s all that counts. 🙂

  23. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 28, 2012 | 12:02 AM

    And I did it! 10,168! And I’m still going, but it’s mostly just notes and research for my term paper, which I’m finally starting on and will mostly likely finish during the Saturday 10K day.

    Thanks to all the encouragement and congrats to all who wrote! Can’t wait to see everyone Saturday!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 28, 2012 | 12:20 AM

      Whoopee! You did it!

      See you Saturday. Good luck with that research!

  24. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 29, 2012 | 7:43 PM

    WELCOME, SATURDAY CREW!! 😀

    Decided to make my first update the night before. I’ve been staying up late the past few nights, which means I might wake up later than usual on the morning of the 10K Day. Just wanted you all to know I’ll be cheering you on, even in my sleep!

    I know Estrella will probably get here first, being ahead of us in the European time zone. Hi, Estrella! You can blaze the trail for the rest of us. 🙂

    ~ Milli

    • Estrella Azul
      June 30, 2012 | 4:44 AM

      Thank you, Milli, you are such a sweetheart!

      I’m actually having a late start, could barely get myself out of bed.
      Going to make breakfast now and have it while answering some work e-mails.
      I also quickly wrote a few-sentences review for Better World Books by now, since I love them!

      Happy writing to everyone 🙂

  25. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 30, 2012 | 2:58 AM

    *slides in*

    The Night Owl is back for the first check in before I collapse into bed and sleep until the time on the clock as the letters ‘PM’ next to it. I love Saturdays.

    Since I plan on sleeping so late, thought I’d get some words in early! Currently at 1562. Finished a small blurb I was working on and will dedicated the next words to the dreaded term paper. Updates will be slow since I’ll be researching in between.

    Good luck to all! Can’t wait to wake up and see all the check ins!

    -Laura

    • Estrella Azul
      June 30, 2012 | 6:31 AM

      Wonderful start, Laura, I’m only around that myself right now. Today is slower than I anticipated…

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:37 AM

      Good Morning, Night Owl 😀

      Good deal on the 1562 words before bed. We’ll see you later when you’re awake again and ready for more writin’.

  26. Patti
    Twitter: pattistafford
    June 30, 2012 | 7:09 AM

    Saturday, 6:00 am, CT

    Kevin gigged last night. We went to bed four hours ago. He had to get up to go to work. Ick! I’m not sure why I’m up or if I have more than one Hoo-Hah in me today…but I will try to check in from time to time.

    For those who are writing frantically today, or just writing, can I get a Hoo-Hah!?

    Kick some word arse!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:39 AM

      6 a.m.? I don’t do 6 a.m.! 😉

      Thanks for checking in. I hope you get time for a nap. Let us know how you go.

  27. Liam Carton
    June 30, 2012 | 8:01 AM

    Hi,

    While I will not be going in the word fest, I just wanted to give you all my best regards.

    Hope you have a great day, and meet your goals.

    I hope to join again, next month.

    Till then, best of luck, and have fun!

    Cheers

    TheIrishman

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:41 AM

      Hi Liam 🙂

      Nice of you to check in with us again. I’m glad you like the 10K Days enough to want to say G’day even when you can’t participate.

      Hopefully, we’ll see you back here in July. That would be fun.

      ~ Milli

  28. Estrella Azul
    June 30, 2012 | 8:03 AM

    Hoo-Hah! 🙂

    I’m around 4K now, but pretty low on energy. Maybe a latte will help.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:43 AM

      4K sounds awesome, Estrella! I hope you got to have a latte. I know they all always give me a boost.

  29. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 30, 2012 | 9:30 AM

    Hoo…. ha? I just woke up.

    I’ve made my bed and the next priority is to get the espresso pumping. Drink coffee while journaling. Then look at my list to see where I want to start.

    It’s a weird morning out there: kind of heavy and gloomy. Even the birds sound sluggish. I wish it would just rain and break the tension.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:44 AM

      560 words of journaling haz been writ.

      My coffee was not quite hot enough. Bleh.

      Haven’t caught fire with my 10K Day yet. But you never know when that magic moment might happen. So it’s on to my list and the decision of what to work on first.

  30. lorig
    Twitter: lorigg
    June 30, 2012 | 10:13 AM

    Can’t stay for the whole day as I have family obligations later. Making use of a quiet house to get some writing done. About 750 words so far.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 10:46 AM

      Hi Lori. 🙂 Glad you could join us again today.

      I hope the weather in your neck of the words (lol, I mean WOODS) is a little tamer today. No trees crashing down outside, etc.

      750 words is a great start. I’ve got a quiet house today, too, and I know that always helps.

      • lorig
        Twitter: lorigg
        June 30, 2012 | 12:36 PM

        Weather has calmed down here. The sun is shining and hot. estimate another 750 words in before I paused for brunch. Hard to get back into it now that the family is awake. Still it is more than 0.

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 30, 2012 | 12:37 PM

          I don’t have a high word count yet either. But, like you say, better than zero! Especially for a Saturday.

  31. Estrella Azul
    June 30, 2012 | 11:24 AM

    At 7016 words, I finished all the fiction I had started and hanging in the air, and even some extra pieces. It’s been a good day, not even sure how long ago it was when I had everything finished!
    Now, I’m calling it a day. The house is all noisy again anyway and I can’t concentrate anymore…
    (I might come back to it tonight, will see.)

    Happy writing to everyone!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 11:27 AM

      That totally rocks, Estrella! Not just your word count of 7016 (sounds like a lucky number) but the fact of having all of your outstanding fiction pieces finished. That must feel GREAT!

      We’ll be here if you find you can return this evening (your time) for a little more writing.

      • Estrella Azul
        June 30, 2012 | 11:34 AM

        Thanks. It does feel great, that’s why I’m letting myself off the hook with aiming for the rest 3K 😉

        Will check in if I come back tonight. *hugs*

        • Fear of Writing
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          June 30, 2012 | 11:44 AM

          Besides, you busted 10,000 words on Wednesday. Having 17K+ words to show for your week means you qualify to let yourself off the hook for another 3K. 😉

    • Laura
      Twitter: dream_mancer
      June 30, 2012 | 3:23 PM

      7K is still really impressive and like Milli said, you hit 10K on Wednesday! Go you!

  32. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 30, 2012 | 2:14 PM

    Still not back to my normal energy after this beastly cold. I’ve managed to make it to 1880 words with some journaling and one article. Don’t want to push myself to go any faster, so I’m just tortoising along today.

    Just made a fresh cappuccino and ready to start an article that should be pretty short and easy to write. (Famous last words. :D)

  33. Patti
    Twitter: pattistafford
    June 30, 2012 | 2:59 PM

    Hoo-Hah!

    I’ve done a lot of thinking today–mostly all writing related, of course. 😉

    The only thing I managed to write was a new blog post about hiring fiction writers.

    Hope everyone is having a great day!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 3:10 PM

      Thinking is good. It feeds the writing.

      Considering how little sleep you’re running on, I reckon a new blog post is good work for today. Congrats!

  34. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 30, 2012 | 3:22 PM

    Getting a slow start today. Spent a good hour and a half with an iced coffee on the back porch until temps climbed above 100 (which was at one, ugh), then retreated inside. Did some laundry, made various lists, and now I’m settling in with a snow cone and an itch to write.

    Good luck to all!

    -Laura

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 3:25 PM

      Ahh, the iced coffee and snow cone both sound divine.

      After two days in the high 90s, we’ve at least dropped back to the upper 80s here in Ohio. Which is a relief, because all we have is an ancient window AC unit at the far end of the house from my office. I can run that thing all day and still be sweating in my writing chair at the other end of the hallway.

      Have fun scratching that itch!

      • Laura
        Twitter: dream_mancer
        June 30, 2012 | 3:29 PM

        We’ve hit the hundreds before 2 PM everyday for almost two weeks now. The entire state of Arkansas is under a burn ban and fire hazard emergency, along with a fireworks ban. Water conservations will be rolling out soon. Typical southern summer.

        We run our AC like crazy in the summer. Recently, we had another vent run into my room because I have three outside walls and the temp in my room was about 5 degrees hotter than the hallway. Ugh!

        My term paper is first, so that’s icky, but the motivation to finish so I can do other writing projects is strong. That said, off I go! Good luck on your articles!

        • Lois
          June 30, 2012 | 4:35 PM

          Speaking of the burn ban, is it illegal to grill with charcoal during one? Chelsey asked, since we were planning to have a cookout (we’ve decided to err on the side of caution and order Eureka instead), and we’ve been wondering ever since. I think common sense dictates that we don’t, but that’s just me.

          Our house was about 5* hotter than the outside when our AC stopped working late last week. We started keeping windows open and the attic fan on high, and it made it about 5* cooler than outside. Thank God Jeff thought to get me a window unit for the studio–the hottest room in the house during the summer–and the pets and I could spend our days back there this week! Our AC has been installed (they came and did it yesterday–just in time for my mom’s arrival), and all is again right with the world–or will be, once I resume writing. 😉

          Good luck, Laura!

          ~L

          • Laura
            Twitter: dream_mancer
            June 30, 2012 | 4:52 PM

            I just checked with the local country website and it is illegal to burn with anything that could spark a wildfire, including charcoal grills. We have an induction grill as well, so we’re restricted to that for now.

            Stay cool, Lois!

            • Lois
              July 1, 2012 | 11:42 AM

              We have a Foreman grill, but it’s just not the same. Well, pizza was good–along with salad, blueberry parfaits, and lemonade punch, so all’s well.

              Thanks, Laura. I appreciate the info.!

              You stay cool, too!

              ~L

  35. Lois
    June 30, 2012 | 4:38 PM

    I didn’t start writing until we were about 30-45 minutes out from Little Rock. I’m about to pick it up again. I don’t really feel on working on my “real” stories today, so I’m playing around with a Stargate:SG1 fan fiction piece. I won’t publish it to any fan fiction sites. I don’t write a lot of fan fiction, and I don’t really read it, either, but every once in a while I get an idea and have to run with it. This is just for fun. 🙂

    I only have about an hour or so left to write (unless I write some tonight), so I’d better get to it.

    Good luck everyone! 😀

    ~L

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 4:43 PM

      Hi, Lois 🙂

      Thanks for reporting from the road. Writing something for fun sounds like a good way to do a little 10King while you’re out traveling. Have a safe trip and happy writing!

      • Lois
        July 1, 2012 | 11:39 AM

        Hi Milli! 😀

        You’re welcome. 🙂 The trip started out a little rough, but once we hit the highway, it was smooth sailing. And I had fun writing. Just didn’t do nearly as much of it as I’d planned to. But it was a few hundred words I didn’t have before I started, right? 🙂

        ~L

  36. Fear of Writing
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    June 30, 2012 | 5:46 PM

    Just realized I haven’t updated in a while. I’m on 3499 and still crawling along. In the middle of another article as we speak.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 6:21 PM

      With the 3499 I already had, plus an article I just finished for 1663, I’ve reached 5162 for the day.

      Considering how drained I still feel by the aftermaths of this cold, I’m very happy with that. I’m going to quit writing now and switch to editing, which will be less taxing.

      Brian’s in the kitchen making us spaghetti bolgnese for dinner. My appetite wasn’t too great while I was sick but I’m happy to report that I’m RAVENOUS!

  37. Laura
    Twitter: dream_mancer
    June 30, 2012 | 6:36 PM

    Slow going day, mostly because I’m doing 95% research and 5% actual writing. Word count is just past 2,000. For now, dinner. I always get great ideas when I cook so here’s hoping I can come back and bash some more words out.

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      June 30, 2012 | 6:37 PM

      Getting ideas while you cook sounds fun! I also enjoy getting ideas while Brian cooks for me on the 10K Day. 😀

  38. Terri
    July 11, 2012 | 12:12 PM

    Got so busy with life and writing that I forgot all about checking back into this. Perhaps next time! (I think I managed to come close to 10K most days that week). Great idea!

    • Fear of Writing
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      July 12, 2012 | 6:17 PM

      Hi Terri,

      Thanks for coming back to update us, and well done on all those 10K days!

      The July dates are Wed the 25th and Sat the 28th. Hope you can join us. 🙂

      ~ Milli

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