Author Journal 28th October – 10th November 2021

Phew! Last month was a wee bit of a bugger. I overextended myself a bit with Scotstober and my writing aims. Unfortunately, I always have to pay for going overboard–in the form of a CRPS flare-up. Hence the lack of an update last week and the lateness of this one.

The flare-up is still in full swing (it’s a dick like that), but having taken a few days off from everything, I feel okay enough to make a start at getting back to it.

So, onto the MEGA REVIEW… it’s okay, there’s not too much blah, blah, blah.

My Writing Goals for 21st – 27th October 2021

  • Write 3000 words for Running The Asset. (Hit 59,753 total words)
  • Block out the next two scenes

How Did I Do?

I actually blocked out the two scenes. I know; I’m shocked, too. Word count wise I added another 4,294, taking the manuscript to a total of 61,048 words! πŸ₯³

My Writing Goals for 27th October – 3rd November 2021

  • Write 2000 words for Running The Asset. (Hit 63,048 total words)
  • Block out the next two scenes

Did I Do It?

I saw the flare-up coming last week and knew that I’d need some time off, so I lowered my word goal to account for that. Obviously, with my natural aversion to scene blocking, I didn’t block out any scenes–I don’t know why I have such an issue with doing it. Man, I really need to get over that.

The blocking thing aside, I did manage to get another 2,064 words added to the MS. The new total is 63,112.

This Week’s Goal

  • Write 3000 words (taking me to 67,112)
  • Block out the next two scenes

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.


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Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

14 thoughts on “Author Journal 28th October – 10th November 2021

  1. Awesome work, sweetie πŸ‘ is prood 😘 Love the header image btw πŸ˜ƒ

    1. Thank you! 😍 😘

  2. Wow, you’ve done great, Susan!
    I’m sorry that you are having that flare-up. It’s a true embuggerance having to deal with issues like that as it can feel like we cannot try ourselves out and expand our boundaries, at times – albeit we still can, only that it looks differently from what we might have expected. I hope the flare-up will calm down in a timely manner. (Dealing with autoimmune stuff, personally, and am aware of the impact of sudden seizures and having to pay for stressing too hard.)
    Sending lots of love to you!

    1. Thank you, Stefanie! (Sorry for the really late reply–I’m just getting around to catching up after a wee bit of recovery time.)
      Thanks for your understanding, and I’m so sorry that you fully get it.
      That’s horrible that you’re suffering at the moment, and from something so debilitating. The one thing I’ve learned to do is when I do my monthly planner is to schedule in a week off incase of illness/high-pain (I don’t always use it, but it takes the pressure off–unless it’s a full month of posting, then I’m in for some punishment).
      I hope you don’t suffer too many seizures (one is too many, I know) and that you’re able to reduce your stress somehow.
      Sending lots of love and healing your way πŸ€—

      1. No worries about late replies, please. πŸ€—
        (Only reason why I was here to reply right away, twice, was, because I had just come online and seen your messages coming in.)

        Yes, scheduling in some buffer time is a really healthy habit for me, too. It takes the pressure off and allows for taking it slow or time-out, when needed.
        Unfortunately, in recent years, things around me have gotten so bumpy, that this often got sabotaged. Some stuff is out of our hands and we can only choose how to deal with it. On the other hand, I discovered a lot about how I can support my system through nutrition and changed my diet accordingly (not an option for everyone, I know.). That has improved my situation significantly – so: less seizures. Except for the one I’m currently having, which is a bugger, but it’s getting better, already.

        Let’s hope, that we both don’t have too many seizures and are able to reduce stress in our lives – or even find ways to keep the latter out. 🌞

      2. I hate when things outwith ourselves mess with our schedules. I think a lot of health issues get worse when routines fall off the tracks.
        I’ll have to look into the nutrition side of things. I stopped eating wheat a couple of years ago and the flare-ups weren’t as bad as the last 6 months–when I started having wheat again. Needless to say, I’m slowly cutting wheat right out again. I’m so glad your diet has helped–apart from this one.
        It’s odd. Over the last two months I’ve seen a lot of post by people with chronic conditions all having some of their worst flare-ups. I wonder if there’s something environmental happening.
        I’ve got my fingers crossed that you continue to get better and that stress packs its bags and leaves you in peace. 😊

      3. The revving up of symptoms for people who have to deal with these kinds of issues is something I have observed, too! Been wondering about the same thing as you – or maybe something we are moving through as a global people (societal shifts?).
        Hopefully we both continue to get better – I read (in your latest post) that yours continues to be quite resistant, too. Maybe we all could just shift to a generally more peaceful lifestyle. 😁

      4. I’m glad I’m not the only one seeing the cluster of people all over Europe with a rise in issues. Hopefully it’s something that will calm down soon. 🀞
        Ooh, a peaceful lifestyle, that sounds affa braw!

  3. Chris Hall says:

    Go girl! But go carefully. Great progress on top of everything else πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Chris! I’ve been taking a wee break from everything while letting the flare-up calm down. But, I’m still making wee bits of progress as I go. Stay awesome!

  4. bushboy says:

    Hope the ouch doesn’t last long and back into doing it Susan πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Brian! It’s dying down now, so back at it this week πŸ€—

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