Author Journal 29th July – 4th August 2021

If you saw yesterday’s word count update, you’ll have noticed that the last week was a bit rough health-wise. I mentioned in the post that I was freaked out about getting the COVID jag (Scots word for injection), but I didn’t go into detail as to why I was soooo freaked.

When I initially went for my second dose in May, the woman put the absolute fear into me. She declared that I needed to go to a specialist allergy clinic to get the jag. Quote: “You need to have a crash cart right there beside you.” Add that to the fact that since the first jag, I’m now allergic to medicines I’ve never had an issue with before. 😬

Yeah, so that put me on edge for almost two months. And then, the kicker, if you see signs everywhere (that’d be me), my journal water tracking and work stickers ran out on the day of my jag. 😱

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Word Count 27th July 2021 (and the last few days I missed)

Running The Asset

Word Count Update

It’s a quadruple update today.

After waiting almost twenty-one weeks for my second COVID jag, I finally got it on Friday. The long wait was down to having had an anaphylactic reaction to the first one (AstraZeneca), so the second one (Pfizer) had to be administered in an allergy ward. Fortunately, it went well with no allergic reactions.

Friday 23rd July

I was so freaked out and focused on the jag that I barely got any writing done. I managed a grand total of 172 words written. Freaked out might be a wee bit of an understatement.

Sunday 25th July

I was still in a lot of pain. The jag combined with CRPS just made it nigh on impossible to think straight. I added 10 new words.

Monday 26th July

The pain started to ease a bit. But, I felt disconnected from the story. I spent most of Monday re-reading what I’d written and blocking out the next scene.

Tuesday 27th July

Today was my first day of feeling more like myself. The excessive pain is still there, but I’m now able to think clearly. Well, as clearly as I ever get 🤪

I finished blocking out the scene from yesterday, then blocked out the remaining scenes for Act I.

I added another 1055 words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript, taking it to a total of 17,837 words!

That’s it for today. I’m going to put my feet up and enjoy a nice quiet picture with Jez. John Wick 3 sounds good to me.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.

Word Count 22nd July 2021

Running The Asset

Word Count Update

Super quick update on today’s progress. I added another 1442 words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript, taking it to a total of 16,600 words!

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Author Journal 22nd – 28th July 2021

Last week was pretty uneventful. It was just a cycle of work, housey stuff, and dealing with the heat. Yes, I know, I’m in Scotland, but it does get hot here (27 degrees is hot for us) plus, there’s no air conditioning, and the sun blazes from 0430-ish to 2200-ish. 🥵

Oh, and we’re being terrorized by this cute wee cat who seems to want to adopt us.

0450 yesterday morning

(We would love to adopt her, but our rental contract doesn’t allow animals. 🥺 )

Review 15th – 21st July 2021

My Writing Goals for Last Week

Did I Achieve My Goal?

No, but I did get pretty close. I wrote exactly 4,500 words that stuck, and have blocked out the next two scenes for writing. I’m very happy with the progress; 15,158 words total, that’s sixteen percent of the first draft written! 😁

This Week’s Goal

  • Add 5000 words for Running The Asset (hit 20,158 words total)


ThursdayWrite 1000 words
FridayWrite 1000 words
SaturdayDay off
SundayWrite 1000 words
MondayWrite 1000 words
TuesdayWrite 1000 words
WednesdayDay off

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


Word Count 20th July 2021

Not so much a word count update, more of a work update. I mentioned yesterday that today I’d be blocking out the next scene.

The scene is all blocked out, but other attention stealing things got in the way. So, instead of fighting to get new words down, I decided to block out the next scene, too. Which means I’ll be all ready to get new words on the page on Thursday without too much resistance.

Running The Asset‘s manuscript is still sitting at a total of 14,278 words.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.

Word Count 18th and 19th July 2021

As the title suggests, this is a double update. I’ve been working on a lengthy sequence for the last few writing days. And, to be honest, it’s been hard work. There was a lot of setup (security systems etc. that my bad guy has that Elle, my heroine, needs to navigate) that had to be shown while not doing an info dump.

I’m happy with how it turned out, and that I was able to get the sequence to do a lot of heavy lifting in respect to character, backstory hinting, and adding to the enemies-to-lovers aspect of the romance story.

18th July

I added 1,626 new words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript! Taking the manuscript to a total of 14,278 words.

19th July (Today)

I finished the sequence! I added another 880 words, taking the total wordage to 15,158 🥳

Tomorrow is going to be fun. I’m blocking out bad guy Trevor Blackwell’s first Point of View (POV) scene. Starting to worry that my level of excitement is a wee bitty too high. Screw it! I cannae wait!

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.

Word Count 13th July 2021

On Saturday, I shared that we were isolating because of possible COVID-19. Our tests came back negative. Woohoo. But, because we still have high temperatures we still have to isolate until we’ve had them down for forty-eight hours.

I have to say, whatever it is that’s got us is exhausting. We’re both so tired and our skeletons hurt. Adding that on top of CRPS has made it difficult to concentrate on writing for the last couple of days. Saying that, I did finally manage to get some new writing done.

I blocked out the next scene, after staring at the index cards for two days and coming up with nothing. Plus, I added another 323 new words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript! The story now sits at 9,050 words total.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.

Word Count 10th July 2021

I finished the first of two scenes in the meet cute sequence 🥳 There’s some clunky stuff in there, but some parts I love. The interaction between Elle and Adam just makes me want to run around going EEEEEEEEEE all day.

I added another 1294 new words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript! The story now sits at 8,727 words total.

Here’s a wee snippet of what’s got me going all gooey about this couple (rough and unedited):

He screwed a silencer onto the end of the gun and leaned forward in the chair, the unforgiving weapon cradled so casually in his hand like it was an extension of his being. “I’m of two minds as to whether I should remove the gag or not.” He scrubbed a hand over his jaw, then grimaced. “You look the gabby sort, and I don’t like to be interrupted.”

Elle shook her head, hoping he’d understand that she wouldn’t interrupt him. She got the sense that interrupting him would be a deadly mistake.

He tilted his head. “Are you saying you’ll behave?”

Not on your life, buddy. She bit her tongue and nodded.

“I’m going to remove the gag, but if I get the slightest hint that you’re going to scream or try to bite me again,” he tapped her knee with the end of the silencer, “I’ll give you something to scream about.”

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Word Count 9th July 2021

I spent the first part of my writing day blocking out the meet cute scene. Eeeeee! I love Adam and Elle together. Nothing gives me the happies like a good enemies-to-lovers story–throw in some weaponry and I’m like a kitten on caffeine. Anyway, the word count.

I added another 512 new words to Running The Asset‘s manuscript! The story now sits at 7,434 words total.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.

Word Count 6th July 2021

1707 new words added to Running The Asset‘s manuscript! Today was one of those writing days you just wish for. I was so excited to write the scene I was working on–it was the inciting incident 😁–and it all just started to flow. The novel is now sitting at a total of 6922 words. Until Friday, unless I feel compelled to sneak in a couple of writing sprints before then.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! Stay safe.