My day off — Nov. 13, 2017

If you didn’t know already, I started writing a book earlier this year. It’s a coming-of-age story about a girl not really finding love in her hometown after she graduates college, blah blah blah. Whatever.

Anyway, in order to be held more accountable for my progress, I’ve decided to document my Mondays. Long story short, Mondays are the only day I have to really focus and write, and I haven’t been doing a good job at either of those things.

Number of words before today: 12,003


Monday, November 13, 2017:

8:27 a.m. — I woke up from a dream where Steve and I adopted another dog. It was glorious. Then both dogs (Steve and Eddie) followed me into the living room. I thought to myself, “Today is the day I sit down and write for eight hours straight.”¹

8:37 a.m. — I reminded Human Steve that we needed to pay the electric bill.

9:06 a.m. — Human Steve left for school and I took a half-assed nap on the couch. Literally. Half my ass was on the love seat my husband and I call a couch because both dogs and the cat wanted to cuddle. “Just going to rest my eyes.”

9:45 a.m. — Dog Steve woke me up by whining like a baby.

9:46 a.m. — I put all of my November winter gear on (cardigan, fluffy coat, beanie, gloves, etc.) and took Dog Steve outside.²

9:47 a.m. — He peed for a minute straight.

10:12 a.m. — It was too quiet in the house so I turned on Parks and Recreation.

10:13 a.m. — Parks and Recreation was boring, so I decided to turn on some music.³

10:45 a.m. — “Alright, it’s time to write.”

10:47 a.m. — “I’m hungry.”

10:49 a.m. — I ate a bowl of cereal.⁵

11:00 a.m. — “I’m still hungry.”

11:10 a.m. — Steve tried to steal the peanut butter sandwich from my hand.

11:14 a.m. — “Alright, back to writing.”

11:15 a.m. — “Everything I write turns to crap.”

11:30 a.m. — Naptime!⁶

12:45 p.m. — I checked my phone to see what time it was. The dogs were laying on the bed with me and being quiet, for once, so I decided to keep napping.

1:48 p.m. — “Whoops.”

1:50 p.m. — “Alright, now it’s time to write.”

1:59 p.m. — “I should take a shower.”

2:46 p.m. — I sat down and wrote a whole chapter!⁸

4:00 p.m. — I turned Parks and Rec back on.

4:03: p.m. I checked Facebook and saw someone from high school had another baby and someone else from high school is teaching abroad.⁹

4:30 p.m. — Leslie Knope just won the city council election.¹⁰

5:00 p.m. — I wrote more!!

6:04 p.m. — After looking at random people’s Instagrams for awhile, I stumbled across this girl I used to know and then got really angry for no reason.¹¹

6:06 p.m. — I texted my friend about how much I hate that girl for no reason.

6:45 p.m. — More writing!!!

7:32 p.m. — I read the Atlantic article on Donald Trump Jr. and how he messaged WikiLeaks back and forth on Twitter.¹²

8:03 p.m. — I remembered we needed to pay the electric bill.

8:04 p.m. — I accidentally knocked over a glass while looking for the bill and it smashed into a million pieces.

9:22 p.m. — Ben just proposed to Leslie on Parks and Rec.¹³

9:23 p.m. — Eddie peed on the floor.

9:41 p.m. — Human Steve’s home!

10:02 p.m. — I watched one of my friends play Scrabble with his mom via Facebook Live.

10:10: p.m. — We saw a Facebook post and Steve and I spent way too long using predictive text to try and make a sentence after typing “This Thanksgiving I’m stuffing my turkey with” and we didn’t even come up with anything funny.¹⁴

10:20 p.m. — Human Steve played on the floor with the dogs. “[Eddie] just licked the inside of my nose,” Steve said. “I think I just stepped in pee.”

10:32 p.m. — We finally paid the electric bill.

11:01 p.m. — I blogged!


Number of words after today: 13,109

So somehow I managed to write over 1,000 words, which beyond baffles me. What if I wrote for eight hours today instead of two and a half? Then maybe I could finish this book before the end of 2018. My goal for next Monday is to be less distracted, watch less television, and not get on social media as often. We’ll see how that goes.

Also, if anyone is interested in reading the first few chapters of my book in exchange for giving me constructive criticism, then message me! I love hearing feedback. It makes for better writing and it’s usually pretty motivating.


  1. It wasn’t.
  2. It was snowing!
  3. It took me six minutes to land on The Smiths because I’m very indecisive even though every time I put on music, I always pick The Smiths.
  4. It wasn’t.
  5. Did you know Cookie Crisp is VEGAN?! It is.
  6. In my defense, I did only sleep a couple of hours the night before. But in hindsight, I probably should have just brewed some coffee.
  7. Surprise: it wasn’t.
  8. YAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
  9.  And I’m here conducting the Parks and Recreation theme song for the fourth time today.
  10. Even though I’ve seen that episode at least seven times before, I still got nervous and chewed all of my fingernails to stubs. I have an anxiety problem. Also, the number 10 in superscript looks super wonky, what the hell.
  11. In all honesty, I was just jealous of her super fab life with her perfect business and family and home and how she seemingly gets to do everything she wants to do because she’s perfect. Barf.
  12. Lol wtf, why tho. How dumb do you have to be?!
  13. I’m not crying; you’re crying.
  14. Mine was “This Thanksgiving I’m stuffing my turkey with the dogs in my bed with a little baby.” Human Steve’s was “This year I’m stuffing my turkey with the whole project already if you are gonna be a reason for me to get the best sorting algorithms for you to do that to people who are not going to be okay with you and your family and friends and family members and friends and family members and” TERRIBLE.

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