I use ! to mean something I have accomplished that impresses me at the time.
I came up with a new term today, "quarter final." This means that the document is not in a form to be published (final) or submitted (semi-final) but that it is ready to share with a colleague.
What I call a day of not $%^&ing off around is a day I am committed to the writing and piano playing. I use the vulgarity as a kind of response to my inner critic who might want to talk to me in that language. As you can see, there are two recent days I didn't work on my project. One was an all-day zen retreat, the other was a weekend day when I mowed my girlfriend's lawn. They weren't exactly days of doing nothing either.
When I am writing a chapter that is not complete yet, I like to write 400 words a day. Once the chapter is in revision phase then the word count will not increase by much, and might even decrease.
May 14 (Thursday): day 16 of not fucking around
Had idea for article workshop / blog post about this / wrote Alesha and Araceli about it
Interchange of emails about this
Revised intro to quarter-final stage / shared with Areceli!
Looked at “Words and Music” chapter to see what is missing for completed chapter
Completed this chapter in “quarterfinal form.”
Morning zen practice
Walking bass / “Anthropology” / Rhythm Changes
May 13, day 15 of not fucking around
Worked on intro / preface: shifted material around; considerable progress!
Wrote blog post
Checked “enroll and pay” numbers for Fall semester for my classes
Worked on facebook group
Blue skies / Bass lines
Liquor store / ran dishes
May 12, day 14 of not fucking around
Flamenco chapter, 16,000 words!
300 words on preface!
Natalia’s oral exam!
Cleaned off computer desktop / deleted old documents!
Emailed Araceli about reading each other’s work!
Zen practice: 6:45 a.m. / called Fae
Downloaded pro tools / practiced bass lines
May 11, day 13 of not fucking around
Flamenco chapter, 15,600 words!
Called apartment about crows nest on my balcony / emailed to follow up.
Rolling prairie pick up
Piano: continued figuring out chords to “Blue Skies”
Listened to Enrique Morente’s Lorca
Lawnmowing / helped with chickens / cleaned kitchen / called mom
Figured out melody and some chords to “Blue Skies”
zen retreat by zoom
May, 8, day 12 of not fucking around
Flamenco chapter: 15,200 words!
Ran dishes / laundry /beef stew / bought ,,, stock
Piano: 2 hours / performed for Friday night group by zoom.