10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – September 25 and 28

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, Sept 25 and/or Saturday, Sept 28.

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 day before the event so you can. 🙂


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.


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

60 Responses to 10K Day: Live, While It’s Happening! – September 25 and 28
  1. Estrella Azul
    September 25, 2013 | 4:10 AM

    It’s 10K Day morning, it’s 10K Day morning! (Okay, it’s 11am actually, but I woke up half an hour ago, so I’m counting it as “morning”.)

    For today, I decided not to count my words while writing. I just saved a text document to my desktop and will copy+paste there whenever I finish something from my list.
    Said list contains a feature article, at least one travel article, blog posts, work e-mails,
    and comments/FB updates/e-mails/etc. for during breaks.

    Right now I’ll have breakfast and do some research for my travel article, which I’ll be writing first. I want to start with that just in case I feel like writing another one after the rest of the writing is done too.

    Happy writing everyone! See you later 🙂

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 2:13 PM

      I loved your song to greet the 10K Day! 🙂

      Sounds like you’ve got a good plan for the day. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear you were planning to start with your travel article first. Whoo hoo!


  2. Lois
    September 25, 2013 | 7:47 AM

    Not sure if I’ll participate today, but I wanted to come and wish everyone good luck. I definitely plan to be here on Saturday!


    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 2:15 PM

      Hi Lois 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by to wish us good luck.

      See you here on Saturday!


      • Lois
        September 25, 2013 | 2:49 PM

        You’re welcome! And yes, you will. 🙂

  3. Estrella Azul
    September 25, 2013 | 11:28 AM

    Many interruptions (“only” 6 calls from work) today, a longer lunch break and I’m not at all where I’d like to be with my writing by now.

    I did finish two blog posts, so at least that’s something.

    Hoping to turn the afternoon around!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 2:16 PM

      Sorry about all the interruptions. 🙁 Hope your afternoon got better. xo

  4. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 25, 2013 | 2:19 PM

    I’m recovering from the flu so I decided to sleep in. Woke up at 11:15 and it took me quite a while to get moving. I’m finally here with my cappuccino, about to start with some journaling. Can’t say I feel motivated yet. I hope I catch at least a little fire today, although I don’t plan to go crazy. Don’t want to prolong the flu.

    • Estrella Azul
      September 25, 2013 | 3:12 PM

      Hope you’re feeling better and better!

      I’m now ending the day with a lesser word count than I care to admit, but I did fully finish the blog posts and have two drafts I have to go back to. Glad to have taken the day for writing however, I do need to put myself first sometimes (if not possible all the time.)

      Happy writing to everyone else!

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        September 25, 2013 | 11:29 PM

        Taking the day for yourself and your writing was a good thing to do. I hope it revitalized you a bit. 🙂

        • Estrella Azul
          September 27, 2013 | 10:22 AM

          It did, even if it was a day full of interruptions. The important things are that it was a day off from work to take it for myself, and writing did get done!

          How did your day end up as far as writing goes?
          So glad to read you felt better by evening and managed to go to dinner even!

          • Milli Thornton
            Twitter: fearofwriting
            September 27, 2013 | 1:33 PM

            Glad to hear that! 🙂

            I mostly took it very easy for the rest of the day while the herbal tincture kicked in and the Vit D soaked in. But Thurs and again this morning I finished the journaling I’d been trying to do. So all’s well. Plus I still have Saturday’s 10K day, when I’ll be feeling a bit better.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 3:31 PM

      Finished 6 pages of handwritten journaling. Time to take a break for a very late breakfast.

  5. Carole (@cjtreggett)
    Twitter: cjtreggett
    September 25, 2013 | 6:13 PM

    Hi All,
    I meant to show up a little earlier today to wish you all good luck with today’s writing and give a little check-in account, but one client request followed another…

    I did manage to write 3 pages in my journal first thing this morning despite waking up feeling decidedly yuck-eh due to a head cold. Earlier this afternoon, I did sit down at the laptop and type out 432 words for an ebook project that I had been neglecting.

    Happy writing to those who are stoically continuing with their writing today. Hope you feel better soon, Milli! Take care, everybody:)

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 11:41 PM

      Hi Carole 🙂

      Thanks for stopping in to file your report. I’m glad you got to work on your e-book project and do a little journaling, despite the head cold.

      Amazingly enough, I do feel better, thanks to an herbal tincture Brian told me about called Usnea. He came home for a late lunch and I was looking very hang-dog, still in my jammies because I didn’t have the energy to get dressed. He handed me a bottle of tincture from Taos Herb and said, “Here try this.” I took two large doses, spaced apart by a few hours, and after the second dose I started feeling more energy. A few hours later, I noticed my congestion had reduced tremendously. I even managed to go out for dinner. Pretty miraculous. If you have an herbal shop in your town, see if they stock Usnea. It’s very powerful for the immune system, and it works wonders for congestion.


  6. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 25, 2013 | 6:39 PM

    After my late-late breakfast, I managed to do another half a page of journaling but unfortunately I’m feeling so drained by the flu I had to find another strategy.

    So now I’m sunning myself on the porch in my bikini, grabbing some extra Vit D for my recovery. Every so often I wander inside to add another sentence or two to my journal. I think I’ve found the right pace for today. 😀

  7. lorig
    Twitter: lorigg
    September 25, 2013 | 7:44 PM

    No internet connection today meant less interruptions until after school when mom’s taxi service kicks in. I managed to handwrite some blog articles, some journaling and some speech notes. I’m estimating about 2300 words. I am happy with that result for my first writing in months. I’ll edit the articles as I tyoe them tomorrow and I’ll be ready to revive the blog by October as was one of my goals.

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 25, 2013 | 11:44 PM

      Lori, how awesome that you broke a dry spell and wrote 2300 words, on a day with no internet. Some good ol’ handwritten work done occasionally feels comforting.

      Your goal to revive your blog by October sounds exciting! Thanks for coming to the 10K Day today.

      ~ Milli

  8. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 27, 2013 | 11:28 PM

    **********SATURDAY’S 10K DAY STARTS HERE************

  9. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 27, 2013 | 11:29 PM

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    I will probably be sleeping in (I’m writing this near midnight on Friday night) but I would like to welcome you all here in advance.

    Happy Writing! ~ Milli

  10. Lois
    September 28, 2013 | 9:01 AM

    I’m getting a very late start, and I’m still not ready to dive in yet. I need to take a shower before storms get here.

    That said, I’m not shooting for any particular word count. I’m just going to freewrite until my hand starts getting achy or I feel “done” for the day.

    I can’t wait to get started! 😀


  11. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 28, 2013 | 9:36 AM

    I’m here with my cappuccino, ready to journal.

  12. Lois
    September 28, 2013 | 10:07 AM

    I’m finally ready to begin freewriting.

    I’ll be having a Genmai-cha tea in a few, and I’ve got an all-natural, gluten-free, GMO-free, rBST-free wild blueberry Greek yogurt.

    I’ll be writing something for my McCabe Saga series. A short of some kind. Maybe something Halloweenish? We shall see–. 🙂


    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 10:36 AM

      Sounds yummy and like you’ve got a good plan! 🙂

      • Lois
        September 28, 2013 | 12:49 PM

        It was very yummy. So was the Creole decaf coffee I had afterward! 🙂 (And the two pieces of sausage pizza from last night were pretty good, too. ;))

        And the story–well, so far I’ve only got the first part. I need to do a tiny bit of editing, since this new “gesture typing” app on my Kindle is weird, and it slows me down. It also makes some of the weirdest corrections/auto-corrections I’ve ever seen, so I am constantly needing to go back over what I just wrote to fix things so I won’t go back later and wonder what the heck I’d meant to write. 😛

        Anyway, this story involves the three main characters from the McCabe Saga stories, and there are some very strange things happening–feelings of being watched by someonething, mysterious news stories that keep changing depending on who’s reading them, people being killed by someone or something with glowing red eyes. *shudders*

        Needless to say, I’m having fun! 😀

        And so far, I have a word count of 1,247. It’s not a lot, but it’s a start.

        I hope to write it in five parts and post them to my LJ and WordPress blogs, with the last part posted on Halloween. Kind of like a mini-serial. 🙂


        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          September 28, 2013 | 1:26 PM

          Lois, what a fascinating update. Really enjoyed reading it. 🙂

          What is Creole coffee? Do you mean the kind with chicory in it?

          • Lois
            September 28, 2013 | 2:53 PM

            Thanks, Milli! 😀

            Creole coffee is just coffee sweetened with molasses. It gives it a really good flavor, in my opinion. 🙂

  13. Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
    September 28, 2013 | 10:23 AM

    I’m here! My first 10K day in AGES! Super excited to get some writing done with you guys today. 🙂

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 10:37 AM

      Yippee!! Welcome, Valeka. So pleased to have you here. 🙂

    • Lois
      September 28, 2013 | 12:53 PM

      Valeka!!!!! 😀

      Hey, everyone, we can get this party started now. Valeka’s heeeeeeere!!!!!

      Glad you could join us. 🙂


      • Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
        Twitter: runningonheavy
        September 28, 2013 | 4:50 PM

        Thanks, Lois! I was so glad I could participate! I finally had a little time to sit and focus on some “fun” writing. It felt super duper!

        • Lois
          September 28, 2013 | 5:47 PM

          You’re welcome. 🙂

          Fun writing. You mean–writing can be un-fun, too? O_o

  14. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 28, 2013 | 10:38 AM

    Just completed 6 pages of journaling. I’m going to grab a quick shower and run to the store for some eggs. Then make a late breakfast.

  15. Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
    September 28, 2013 | 12:10 PM

    Checking in with my update! I’m at 1322 words. No where near the 10K but I’m pretty happy that I had some time to write something that has so much of me in it. My creativity has been on hiatus! Hope everyone is having a great writing day!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 12:34 PM

      1322 words is awesome! So glad you got to have some “me” writing time. 🙂

      • Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
        September 28, 2013 | 12:38 PM

        Meeeee too! I felt like my old self for a few hours. The cafe Americano didn’t hurt either 🙂

        • Milli Thornton
          Twitter: fearofwriting
          September 28, 2013 | 1:24 PM

          LOL! That never hurts. I’m counting the minutes until I can make my second cappuccino. 😀

    • Lois
      September 28, 2013 | 12:54 PM

      That’s awesome! 😀

  16. Estrella Azul
    September 28, 2013 | 12:25 PM

    Happy writing everyone, hope you’re having an awesome writing day!

    Just wanted to cheer you on, I had work today and am making Eglantine jam right now. Can’t wait to go to bed actually!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 12:35 PM

      Hi Sweetie. Thanks for checking on us. The jam sounds yummy! xo

  17. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 28, 2013 | 1:28 PM

    I don’t usually count emails as part of my 10K but today I am. After the flu knocked me out for a whole week this has to be something of a work day. I pounded through a bunch of emails I need to write. Next I’ll be writing feedback for my student.

    But first, these cavewoman grunts: must make cappuccino. Ugh.


    • Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
      Twitter: runningonheavy
      September 28, 2013 | 4:54 PM

      Emails TOTALLY count as writing! Sounds like you have had a productive day, Milli! That’s wonderful 🙂

      • Milli Thornton
        Twitter: fearofwriting
        September 28, 2013 | 5:01 PM

        And it ain’t over yet. I’m hoping to turn to some personal projects (or at least one) after I finish my second feedback. Might have to write after dinner to accomplish that. 🙂

  18. Lois
    September 28, 2013 | 3:02 PM

    My final update of the day here. The app I’m using really slowed me down, so I’d planned on just finishing part one of the story. I went to edit it and winded up adding a little more in the process.

    I’m finishing with 1,622 words for the day and a lot of brainstorming that still needs to be done. I need to tie in the elements of part one to what happens in the next parts and, ultimately, the ending. I look forward to it. 🙂

    I also need to start fixing dinner–beef and veggie stir-fry with couscous. Yum. 🙂

    And this is me heading off to brainstorm/storyplan and do homey things. *whoosh*

    Good luck to everyone still writing! 😀


    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 3:10 PM

      Hopefully you’ll get faster with that app over time.

      Sounds like a fun day of writing and a nice word count. Enjoy that stir-fry. And save me some! 😀

      • Lois
        September 28, 2013 | 3:34 PM

        I don’t know about faster. That will only happen if the app learns my writing style. It seems like it will take forever for that to happen. I miss Swype, and I’d totally have it on my Kindle if Amazon would allow us to download apps from Google Play. Bummer, that.

        As for the writing, yeah, it’s been a lot of fun! 😀

        And thanks. 🙂


    • Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
      Twitter: runningonheavy
      September 28, 2013 | 4:45 PM

      That’s really good, Lois!! Brainstorming is just as much a part of writing as getting the words down. But you already know that! 🙂

      • Lois
        September 28, 2013 | 5:42 PM

        True, it is. 🙂

        This was freewriting. Basically pantsing it. Now the brainstorming comes in. First, I leap. Then I plan. Haha!

  19. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 28, 2013 | 3:12 PM

    Just finished 1,225 words of feedback for my student (and thoroughly enjoyed working on his assignment). Added to the 6 pages of journaling from this morning plus the bunch of emails and I have no idea how many words that is. Oh, well. I can get back to counting next month when I’m not catching up after the flu.

    I plan to take a break and then write feedback for a second assignment.

  20. Lois
    September 28, 2013 | 3:36 PM

    Ooh! I hope you have fun with the second assignment, too! 🙂

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 4:10 PM

      I am having fun with it. It was written using one of my (after all these years) most favorite FoW prompts, Play Big.

      • Lois
        September 28, 2013 | 5:36 PM

        Jazz! 😀

  21. Valeka Cruz (@runningonheavy)
    Twitter: runningonheavy
    September 28, 2013 | 4:47 PM

    My final check in for the day! I got in an extra 1500 words. Not too shabby! You guys really keep me motivated 🙂 Write on, everyone!

    • Milli Thornton
      Twitter: fearofwriting
      September 28, 2013 | 5:00 PM

      Super-ka-dooper! Looks like that brings you in at just under 3K. Smashing, my dear. Simply smashing. 🙂

      Glad we could inspire you. I felt jazzed about you being here too!

    • Lois
      September 28, 2013 | 5:38 PM

      Way to go, Valeka! 😀

  22. Milli Thornton
    Twitter: fearofwriting
    September 28, 2013 | 5:59 PM

    Just finished 1,530 words for my second feedback for student J.G. I enjoyed it.

    Probably going to take a break for a while, maybe come back after dinner and do some more Me Time writing.

  23. Lois
    September 28, 2013 | 6:18 PM

    Way to go, Milli! 😀

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