I wanted to write today, seriously

I don’t even feel bad about it. I never set arbitrary word count goals. When I have the right situation, I can whip out a ton of words. This is perfect for creating first draft material.

Last night I decided to read a chapter or two of my Harry Dresden book before bed. I finished the whole thing about 1:00 AM. Damn you Jim Butcher. I swear I learn something every time I read one of these.

Dresden gets in so much trouble the situation is always hopeless. Still, he manages to find a way out, and it’s usually something I never saw coming. Maybe I should spend a summer as Jim Butcher’s gardener or something. I might learn a thing or two.

I promised to beta read something for a friend. My reading schedule is wide open now, and I’ve already started. So far, things are looking great.

I think it’s all part of the same whole. Writers need to read. They ought to critique, beta, self edit, plot or outline. Sometimes we need a walk in the woods too. In my mind it’s all forward motion. If I don’t finish my draft until President’s Day, it really doesn’t matter to me.

I also went down to the hairdresser’s school this afternoon. My daughter’s enrolled there and she gave me our second haircut. She did a smashing job too. This time she cut the whole thing with a razor. This was a new experience for me, and I like the final product. It felt like bunnies chewing my hair off, which was strange, but I look good.

Old Dad left her a good tip too. (200% of the haircut) She said most people don’t tip at all, and those that do leave a buck. What the hell! She said many of the appointments never show up and don’t even bother to call.

I get that it’s a school, and they may not be the best. (Yet) I also get that it’s the cheapest place in town, and that attracts cheapskates. Still, these are kids trying to better themselves. Most of them took on significant student debt to even be there. I respect them for not heading straight for the welfare teat. Even if I didn’t have a daughter to support, I always tipped my barber.

With the exception of watching Dr. Who, I’m going to dedicate my evening to my beta reading project. I hate waiting, and won’t inflict it on someone else. Hope you guys have a great evening too.

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12 responses to “I wanted to write today, seriously

  1. Ha! I have edits to do, read for reviews to do, and all I want to do is go back and start Harry from the beginning … Where is my motivation?!?!? πŸ˜‰

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  2. I just finished a read last night and started another this morning. I about 30% in. It is amazing literary work by a quiet, shy, blogger, indie author. I’m trippin over this. It’s that good. There were no reviews on this work yet and it’s been out there since 2012. zero, Ha! Not even one by his mom. I know so many writers are introverts and marketing just isn’t their thing, but it makes my heart ache a little to see such fine work sit on a shelf. And it is a bit odd that he was once in advertising. (one of a few careers)

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  3. It’s so true. I owned and operated a hair salon for years before I started writing full-time and people can be extremely cheap when it comes to tipping their hairdressers, especially when a student is cutting their hair. I never understood it. We are their therapists, their marriage counselors and their bartender rolled into one. We are expected to listen to their tales of woe. And yet, when it comes to the tip they just smile and say, “Thanks.” Tell your daughter the best thing she can do once she gets experience and builds a clientele is to rent a booth instead of working for someone. She won’t be dependent on tips that way and will be better compensated for her hard work.

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  4. Maybe it’s that several family members and friends work in the service industry, but unless the service or haircut is completely lousy I always tip. And I usually tip generously unless I’m short in the pocketbook at the time.

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  5. Aww, you’re such a good daddy! ❀ My son's ex-girlfriend was in hair school and I swear she gave me the best haircut I've ever had. EVER! (And I've even been {just once} to one of those $200 salons!) Sadly, she worked for about three months after she graduated and hated it and is now going back for nursing. Good luck to your daughter, and I hope she meets a lot more generous tippers than just a buck. Good grief! As for your beta project, I hope you're enjoying it and not too rough on the writer. πŸ˜‰ LOL! (No, seriously. LOL!) πŸ˜€

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