Spreadsheets, Magic and Otherwise

Spreadsheets, Magic and Otherwise

Holy crap am I tired.

Previews for The Crownless King started last night. We’ve had long tech rehearsals leading up to this. We have more rehearsals to come as we fine-tune the play. It’s going to be a hell of a thing. It’s Part 2 of an epic fantasy trilogy; if you missed part one, the House Theatre posted a handy synopsis here.

Between rehearsals I’ve been going to work. Don’t get excited. I’m temping again. The assignment was well timed, as I’ve got a lot of bills coming due. (Or past due. Yikes.) The work itself is nothing worth talking about, but it’s work when I needed it, so I’m not complaining. And I’ve been out on a handful of commercial auditions as well, with one callback scheduled for next week. Fingers crossed, there.

And I’ve committed to the Magic Spreadsheet. This is a handy writing tool that turns your daily word-count and your consistency (working multiple days in a row) and assigns point values that allow you to compete with your fellow writers. The points accumulate similar to experience points in a role-playing game, and you “level up” after so many days of writing in a row. The goals are modest enough at the beginning that writing every day actually seems manageable. And keeping track of it all this way makes it fun. I learned about the Magic Spreadsheet from the podcast I Should Be Writing, by Mur Lafferty. Here’s a link to her interview with the creator of the Spreadsheet, Tony Pisculli.

I picked a bad week to commit to the spreadsheet. I’m up early every morning to get to my temp assignment; I go straight from the job to the theater, I don’t get home again until midnight. I’ve written every night these last four days, and each time I’ve drifted off with my fingers on the keyboard. Much like the physical training, though, it’s worth it to get something done in whatever time I can find. And even though the daily goal is modest, I get much greater satisfaction being able to say I wrote 250 words a day every day for the last week than if I cranked out a thousand words in one sitting and didn’t touch it again. It makes me feel a little bit closer to calling writing a profession, rather than just one of the things I do for fun. But it also means that for last week and the week coming up, I’m looking at four or five hours of sleep per night if I want to keep my streak going. We shall see.

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