The Journal, Tuesday, 5/31

Hey Folks,

Yay, the last day of May!

Okay, but more than likely today will be a nonwriting day. I’m going to treat it like that from the beginning.

In fact, today for me is Idea Day. I’m gathering ideas for the stories I’ll start writing tomorrow for my June Challenge. For details, see https://www.facebook.com/HarveyStanbroughWritingInPublic/.

Mona and I have to be in Tucson at 8 a.m. for her first appointment, and then she has another one at 10:45 or so. So much of the day will be gone before we get back.

I don’t like cutting things close, so I’m gonna pre-post this just in case we don’t get back in time. Anyway, I’ve included a topic. And there’s some pretty good stuff in “Of Interest.”

Topic: Revisiting Goals

With June coming up, this is a good time to revisit goals. What follows will be about mine, but it might help you too. I hope so.

This is a great time to see where we stand compared with goals we set for the year, then adjust them up or down as necessary. Or just leave them alone, pat ourselves on the back and get back to work.

I look at June 1 as the “early midpoint” of the year.

I know splitting the year at June 1 means I’m putting five months in the first “half” and seven months in the second. But that kind of makes June an adjustment month if you need or want one. And I need one badly.

I know I’ve been calling May an adjustment month, but that’s a different kind of adjustment. It wasn’t about adjusting my writing.

The month of May was about making a transition from and then back to the Hovel and getting used to my new office and to getting through a life roll. Two out of three isn’t bad. (grin)

Okay, so goals…

For my own annual goals, I’d like to reach one million words of new fiction this year. At present, I’m sorely lacking in that regard with only 292,907 new words of fiction. To be on par, I’d have almost 417,000 words.

I’d also like to write 15 novels this year. (That includes a monthly goal of writing at least one new novel per month.)

I have five novels thus far. So I’m even with my monthly goal and making progress on my annual goal.

But I added the June Challenge: writing at least one short story per day “in public” and posting them scene by scene on Facebook.

With that, the monthly novel challenge became a little more difficult. Still, I should be able to write a novel for June. And by July 1, I should also have at least 30 more short stories, bringing my total close to 200. (grin)

The June Challenge should also jump-start my numbers, so it will help with my annual word count goal.

But what about that annual word count goal?

As I mentioned above, at the moment, I’m woefully behind.

To write 1,000,000 words of new fiction in a year, I have to write at least 83,334 words per month.

That sounds like a lot, but to put it in perspective, it means I have to write fiction at least 84 hours per month. Or, put another way, I have to write fiction for 2.8 hours per day.

So if I AVERAGE 3 hours of writing per calendar day, I’ll exceed my annual goal of writing 1,000,000 words of new fiction in a year.

So I won’t adjust that goal. Instead, I’ll leave it as-is and put my rear in the chair a little more often. (grin)

Beginning on July 1, I think I’ll go back to my daily word count goal too. That worked for me for a long time, especially where average was concerned.

I won’t do that during June because I’m counting short stories. If a story comes in at under 3,000 words, that will probably still be it for the day.

Okay, so I hope this helped a bit with your goals. If you have any questions or suggestions, by now you should know I’m always open.

Today, and Writing

Nothing today. Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you worry about ebook piracy (I don’t), check out I recommend you check out https://go-to-hellman.blogspot.pt/2017/05/readiums-new-licensed-content.html.

See “The Eight Great Traits of Great Book Titles” at http://writerunboxed.com/2017/05/20/the-eight-great-traits-of-great-book-titles/. Meh.

At Dean’s place, see “Moonscapes Bundle” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/moonscapes-bundle/.

Fiction Words: XXXX

Nonfiction Words: 670 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 670

Writing of

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 45313
Total fiction words for the year………… 292907
Total nonfiction words for the month… 15290
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 89980

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 382887

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 553 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 5 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Monday, 5/30

Hey Folks,

Unsure what the day will hold. But my son is safely ensconced in his new life in Flagstaff, my wife goes to her job today, and my grandson is still mired in “hurry up and wait” mode.

So probably I’ll start a new novel. (grin)

I’m excited about the new series for which the the novel I just finished will provide the basis. BUT…

I’m kind’a jonesing to write in a different genre. Or maybe from a different character POV in that series. Hmmm. So we’ll see.

Either way, I’d like to get started on a new Something (novel) today to give me a little head start on the novel for June.

I just noticed this morning that another writer who keeps a running tally of words written tends to overestimate.

I found that curious. I mean, when you do that, you’re only fooling yourself. (If you’ve noticed too and want to comment, please don’t mention any names. It is not my purpose to embarrass anyone.)

Anyway, to each his own. But that spurred me to write this little note about word counts.

When I total the Fiction Words written for the day, it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t approximate. I go by the word count at the bottom left corner of my Word document.

I pop up my onscreen calculator. I enter the total words of the WIP from the bottom left corner of Word, then subtract yesterday’s fiction word count for that particular WIP from the previous Journal entry.

That gives me the specific number of new words I’ve added to the WIP for the day. That’s what I record for Fiction Words.

When I total the Nonfiction Words written for the day, it’s less straightforward and a little sloppy.

Say you’ve got a pot of beans boiling on the stove. The way I count nonfiction words, maybe sometimes there are a few places where bean juice leaks over the edge of the pan in a few small streams. (When I’ve reported maybe 5 or 6 words that are repeated.)

But I take care to avoid boilovers. (grin)

When I’ve finished writing the Journal entry on my Notepad document, first I highlight everything from the first paragraph through the last “Of Interest” item.

Then I copy and paste it into Word, and record whatever Word says is the word count. Then I round that off to the nearest 10 and record it in the space for Nonfiction Words.

In other words, I don’t include anything from “Fiction Words” to the end. To me, that would be cheating myself and artificially inflating the word count. And why would I want to do that?

I do include the titles (“Of Interest” and “Today and Writing”) but the nonfiction word count is only an approximation anyway.

BTW, I approximate it because after I copy/paste from the Notepad document to the actual Journal post online, I read it over. During that process I often add another thought here and there, and of course those don’t get added into the word count.

I’ve mentioned here before that keeping track of my fiction and nonfiction word count is important to me. It’s a tool I use to drive myself.

But if I over-report anything, I’m gutting the tool, so I might as well toss it out.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out WAY late at 4:40. The sky was light for goodness’ sake.

Piddled away much of the morning. Moved out to the Hovel at around 8, but couldn’t decide what to write so I just messed around out there too.

Back to the house around 9, and my kitten met me at the gate. She’s being a bit needy this morning, so I’ll spend some time up at the house. I still plan to write, but closer so she knows I’m not way out in the Hovel. (grin)

Well, after awhile I went back to the Hovel. I wrote about 2100 words of new fiction, but it was boring me to tears.

After the opening (around 600 words that bored me), I thought “Well, I’ll keep going awhile and see what happens.”

Nope. I should’ve tossed it when the opening didn’t work.

Anyway, I’m not counting the words today. Yes, I wrote them, but there’s no chance I’ll use them in the current form, so I’m not counting them.

If I use any of those words later (great title, great idea) I’ll count them then.

So today is a nonwriting day. Tomorrow I’m Tucson bound to end the month so I might not get anymore fiction written this month.

That’s all right either way. Looking very forward to June already.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

“How to Give a Book Reading” at http://annerallen.com/how-to-give-a-book-reading/. There are some things here with which I stringently disagree, not the least of which is “To write a book, you need to sit alone at a computer for several hundred hours.” I mean, how freakin’ long is that book? (grin) But you might find a helpful gem or two.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 840 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 840

Writing of

Day 1…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 45313
Total fiction words for the year………… 292907
Total nonfiction words for the month… 14620
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 89310

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 382217

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 552 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 5 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

Reverse Outlines Revisited

Hey Folks,

This first appeared as a topic over at my Daily Journal at http://hestanbrough.com.

It also sprang from a comment (a question from another writer) on Dean Wesley Smith’s website.

Awhile back I talked about writing a “reverse outline.”

The idea is, as you write your novel off into the dark (no pre-plotting, outlining, etc.) sometimes keeping track of characters, what they’re wearing, major situations, etc. becomes cumbersome.

Now when I write a novel, I open the Word doc (novelname.doc) and start typing whatever comes. I’m an adherent of Heinlein’s Rules and I enjoy writing off into the dark.

But I also open a Notepad text (novelname notes.txt) document. I use Windows, but Mac has something similar. I keep it open and minimized on my screen as I’m writing the novel.

In that .txt document, at the end of every chapter or major scene, I fill in a few details about the chapter or scene.

Those details might include

  • character names and anything significant (wearing a brown leather vest or a grey longcoat),
  • place names (was the hotel called The Amarillo Inn or the Amarillo Inn? did the scene or chapter take place in Justin, Texas or Eustace, Oklahoma?),
  • names of any minor characters introduced in that scene or chapter and their occupation, and so on.

Anything at all that I think I might need to remember later in the novel.

This takes only a few seconds per chapter or major scene and it keeps me from having to scroll back or use the Find function to search for the information.

On Dean’s site, the question the other writer asked was about series short stories.

I know many writers (like Dean) can set out to write short stories in series.

I can’t and so far, I don’t.

But sometimes, a character from a short story (or novel) I wrote awhile back tugs at my sleeve and pitches another story to me.

So now when I write a short story, I also keep a reverse outline of it. Then if I do return to that world to write another story, I don’t have to open the original story and read through it for information. I only have to open the “shortstoryname notes.txt” document and I’m good to go.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Happy writing!
Harvey

PS: Hey! Only two days left before the madness begins at https://www.facebook.com/HarveyStanbroughWritingInPublic/. Stop by and watch the short stories develop scene by scene. I’ll post each scene live there as I write it. 🙂

The Journal, Monday, 5/29

Hey Folks,

I allowed Microsoft to install the “Creator Upgrade” (something like that) on my computer yesterday.

This morning when I started to write on my novel, I wrote about three words and my cursor was jumping all over the place because of the incidental contact of my palm with the touchpad.

Okay, it’s a new update, so I assumed I needed to go back into my Device Settings and disable the touchpad again.

Nope. Can’t do it. The option is gone.

Long story short, I finally had to revert to the previous version of Windows 10 in order to get back to having the option to turn the touchpad on or off.

My attempts to disable the touchpad, including searching the Internet, installing (and then uninstalling) two programs designed to block the touchpad (they didn’t work), etc. and finally reverting to the earlier version of Windows 10, sucked away almost three hours of my writing time.

What I DON’T need is some pimple-faced 20-something MBA at Microsoft deciding for me what I need or don’t need. That’s just annoying.

I found it particularly ironic they choose to call the most recent edition of Windows 10 the Creator’s Upgrade (ostensibly for “creators,” you know, like novelists) when the upgrade itself further limits my creative choices.

So a caution — if they offer you the Creator Upgrade and if you don’t want to have the touchpad crammed down your throat, don’t accept.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little after 4. Being lazy.

To the Hovel at around 7 to get back on the novel. What ensued next is detailed above.

Finally to the novel at 9:30.

Wrote off an on until 2 p.m. and finished the novel. In the interim, I started some laundry, put the water on the yard, made a gallon of sun tea, and saw my son off on his way to Flagstaff.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

From The Digital Reader, https://the-digital-reader.com/2016/09/06/whale-math-reasonable-ebook-prices-devalue-books/. (Hint: The proposition is pure, unadulterated BS.)

Fiction Words: 3080
Nonfiction Words: 330 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3410

Writing of His Mother’s Virginity: A Stern Richards, PI Case File

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… 2988 words. Total words to date…… 20242
Day 8…… 3239 words. Total words to date…… 23481
Day 9…… 3338 words. Total words to date…… 26819
Day 10… 3080 words. Total words to date…… 29899 (done)

Total fiction words for the month……… 45313
Total fiction words for the year………… 292907
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13780
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 88470

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 381377

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 551 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 5 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Sunday, 5/28

Hey Folks,

Well, today or tomorrow I should finish my WIP. This will be my 25th novel (plus 3 novellas). My son’s still visiting at least part of today, so that and other things will decide whether I finish today.

Reflecting

Reflecting back on May, I kind of wish I’d been able to have the writing days (10) all in a row. I could easily have gotten ahead on my goal of writing 15 novels on the year.

With the practice writing and pacing I’ll get during June, I suspect maybe I’ll pull ahead of my novel goal in July and maybe exceed it for the year. Plus June should put me over 200 short stories, so kind of another milestone.

If so, and with the usually productive months of August through November yet to go, 2017 is stacking up to be a banner year for me from a productivity standpoint.

No big rush on finishing this one now, as I mentioned a day or two ago. But I’ll be sad to see it go. That’s one more reason I’m excited that I think this WIP will be the “source” story for a series and recurring characters.

All writing is practice, but this series will also enable me to practice what I learned awhile back about teams in fiction (NCIS is the big example Dean uses).

Then in June (Thursday) I’ll begin writing one new short story every day and posting the scenes “live” as I finish them over at my Writing in Public page (https://www.facebook.com/HarveyStanbroughWritingInPublic/). I’m hyper excited about that, if you couldn’t tell.

And yes, this is in addition to writing a novel for the month of June. (grin) What wonderful fun!

Today, and Writing

Rolled out way late at 4:30-ish. It’s now 6:30 and I’m just finishing up email, FB, etc.

8 a.m., heading for the grocery soon. Then the rest of the day, whatever it will be.

Well, had a nice breakfast “out” with my son, then the store, then home. Doing no writing today. Hope you all have a sober (somber) and thoughtful Memorial Day.

Back tomorrow to finish the novel.

Of Interest

Not specifically (but maybe peripherally, up to you) about writing, see Dean’s post at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/and-then-there-were-four/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 360 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 360

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… 2988 words. Total words to date…… 20242
Day 8…… 3239 words. Total words to date…… 23481
Day 9…… 3338 words. Total words to date…… 26819
Day 10… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 42233
Total fiction words for the year………… 289827
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13450
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 88140

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 377967

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 550 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Saturday, 5/27

Hey Folks,

When I started the day, I thought I might finish the novel today.

Then again, it’s Saturday, and my son is still here. So I’ll play it by ear. Since I realized I’ll finish the novel this month with no problem, I’ve kind of relaxed.

Plus with the June challenge coming up, relaxing’s probably a good idea. (grin) That’s gonna be hectic, but it’ll be a good kind of hectic.

I do plan to jump right into another novel as soon as this one is finished, though, just so I can get a bit of a head start on writing a novel for June. And I think I might have found a series starter in the current novel, so it’s all good.

So in June…

Ideally, I’ll write five or six hours per day on weekdays and three hours per day (or whatever it takes for a short story) on weekends. Of course to do that will take a lot of focus.

And then out of that will come the little bit of time it takes me to post scenes to Facebook as I finish them. But that’s all right.

Plus, posting the scenes is kind of an extra bonus, a secondary goal. If the act of posting the scenes gets too much in the way of the writing, I’ll stop posting the scenes and just write and post the stories.

This is for the fun of the public, but as a friend pointed out awhile back, it’s for me and my writing first.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3:30 and did little to nothing the first couple of hours. Moved out to the Hovel and to the novel at 6:30.

Around 7:15, a break down at the house to help my wife with some things and then check email and all that.

8:30, back to the novel. 9:15, to the house to mow the back yard while it’s still halfway cool.

Well, I wrote off and on through much of the day and quit around 2 p.m. Still a good day, especially for a Saturday. I expect to finish the novel tomorrow or Monday.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing important, but I urge you to explore the links under Writers’ Resources along the left side of my website at http://HarveyStanbrough.com/. I add new links often.

Fiction Words: 3338
Nonfiction Words: 370 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3708

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… 2988 words. Total words to date…… 20242
Day 8…… 3239 words. Total words to date…… 23481
Day 9…… 3338 words. Total words to date…… 26819

Total fiction words for the month……… 42233
Total fiction words for the year………… 289827
Total nonfiction words for the month… 13090
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 87780

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 377607

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 549 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Friday, 5/26

Hey Folks,

Well, the good news is, barring any major tragedies, I’ll finish the novel this month. The sort-of bad news is that I know the ending already.

I hadn’t created a reverse outline for it yet, so I started the day by doing that.

But as I developed the reverse outline, the storyline became clearer than it usually is at this point. And the ending stood up and waved at me.

Did I use that to make an outline of future events?

No. But I did jot down a few notes.

If anything in the novel varies from any of those notes, of course, I’ll let my subconscious rule.

But if the writing runs the way I think it’s going to, today will be a very good writing day and I’ll finish the novel in the next day or two with a couple of days to spare.

Before anyone jumps all over this, in defense either of outlining or of writing off into the dark or some hybrid of the two, remember that every novel writes differently.

And as Forrest Gump once said, that’s all I have to say about that. (grin)

***

Glad I moved back out to the Hovel. It’s too hot outside to write in the morning (and the sun is over my shoulder). And in the house, there are too many distractions.

This morning, my wife’s at her job and the boys are on the road having fun. (Yes, they’re up there to work, but you could strand those two on a desert island at daybreak, and by noon they’d find a way to have a good time.)

And I’m in the Hovel, writing my butt off. It’s all good.

***

I recommend you check out Writerology at https://www.writerology.net/. It isn’t all good, but some of it will pertain to you and help you. For that reason, I added a link to this resource the Writers’ Resources on the left sidebar of my website.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3 with the express purpose of getting my son and grandson up. I did that around 3:30, and by 4 they were headed north via Tucson and Phoenix (early and avoiding rush-hour traffic) to my son’s rented storage unit in Camp Verde south of Flagstaff.

I dawdled for the next couple of hours, getting dressed, eating breakfast, photographing the sunrise, etc. And being both sad and very glad that cross-country moves more than likely are all behind me.

To the Adobe Hovel at around 6:30 to write. I started by cycling through parts of the novel, mostly adding a bit here and there and moving chapter heads. By 8:30 I’d added only a couple hundred words.

Took a break to the house and found out the boys made it to their destination fine. So one less thing to worry about. (grin)

Another break turned into a longer thing and I ended up trying to repair a staple gun and some other stuff. Annoying. Stuff that should take less than a minute and turns into over an hour and a half.

Well, not as good a day as I’d hoped. But I’ll take it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Via The Passive Voice, at Writerology, “7 Signs You’re Stuck in Research Hell” at https://www.writerology.net/blog/post/2016/10/7-signs-youre-stuck-in-research-hell/. Just sayin’.

Also from Writerology, “10 Productivity Secrets from Very Prolific Writers” at https://www.writerology.net/blog/post/2015/12/10-productivity-secrets-from-very-prolific-writers/. I like this one. Well, parts of it.

Frankly, I was a little surprised they didn’t include Stephen King in their list of Very Prolific Writers.

Fiction Words: 3239
Nonfiction Words: 590 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3829

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… 2988 words. Total words to date…… 20242
Day 8…… 3239 words. Total words to date…… 23481

Total fiction words for the month……… 38895
Total fiction words for the year………… 286489
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12720
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 87410

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 373899

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 548 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Thursday, 5/25

Hey Folks,

Not a lot to report today. A lot of little nonwriting problems swimming around in my world right now. Most of them aren’t mine, but they belong to family members so I’m not getting as much done as I’d like.

I’m almost looking forward to June 1, just because my focus will be one day at a time, one story at a time, even one scene at a time.

Not that I’ll necessarily nail it, but I think I’ll have a good chance because of that different focus.

I’ve found too that I’m going to almost have to reopen my office in the Hovel. There are times when it’s just too hot to write outside.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 4 after kind of a rough night. Today will be another day of writing as I’m able, as I have time. A keep-coming-back day. We’ll see how that turns out.

As I expected, I wrote off and on all day intermixed with a ton of other things.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

“Damn the Facts…” on The Digital Reader at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/04/27/damn-facts-ebook-sales-narrative-must-maintained-costs/.

Fiction Words: 2988
Nonfiction Words: 190 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3178

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… 2988 words. Total words to date…… 20242

Total fiction words for the month……… 35656
Total fiction words for the year………… 283250
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12130
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 86820

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 370070

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 547 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Wednesday, 5/24

Hey Folks,

Whew! Had a pretty good party yesterday on a picnic table under the shade of a desert ash tree in the front yard. Mostly it was my son and grandson, me, music videos on my computer, and Negra Modelo.

My wife came out a few times, and my neighbor stopped by for a little while.

By and large, I don’t drink alcohol to any extent. I usually have a six pack in the fridge, but that six pack usually lasts a year or longer. That was not the case yesterday. (grin)

But today it’s back to more serious matters. My wife has a doc appointment in Tucson this afternoon (about an hour away), so we’ll do that.

My son and grandson will be around for a couple of days before the former heads north to Flagstaff and the latter goes with him to help him unload his moving truck.

I’ll enjoy the visit, but I’m also very aware of the calendar. Today is May 24th. If I want to keep up with my “novel per month” challenge, I still have to finish a novel this month. And I do. So I will.

Then next month begins the “short story per day” challenge plus posting it on Facebook scene by scene as they fall on the page (that will be at https://www.facebook.com/HarveyStanbroughWritingInPublic/) PLUS writing a novel for June.

I was thinking about attending my high school reunion in June too, around the 20th. That would add a whole other level to the short story challenge.

But I think I’m not gonna bite off that particular chunk. Too much to swallow all at once.

For the next couple of days I’ll be writing as I am able. Necessary interruptions are probable, so more than likely I’ll be in that “keep coming back” mode. We’ll see how that works out.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3:30 after stomping around the house in a bout with a severe leg cramp around 2. (grin)

Did little or nothing much of the day. A lot of little things, but nothing worth noting here.

I went to the novel two or three times, but just too much going on today to concentrate on the storyline. I’m calling this another nonwriting day.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Nothing of particular interest today. I’m an avid follower of DWS, so I’ll continue to check his site every morning. But unless there’s something pertinent there, I won’t cross post.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 420 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 420

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 32668
Total fiction words for the year………… 280262
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11940
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 86630

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 366892

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 546 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167

The Journal, Tuesday, 5/23

Hey Folks,

Happy birthday to my dad. He would have been 89 years old today. He’s been gone just under 30 years, having left far too soon just to show everyone he could.

Today my youngest son comes in from Indiana, so I’m not sure what I’ll get done today. Also my wife is home ill today, so. But we’ll see.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out way late at 4:30 after a “late” night getting to sleep around 10.

Just stuff for the first few hours and visiting with my neighbor.

8:30 to the novel.

Around 9 I interrupted myself. Remembered I need to check the pump on the evap cooler on the roof. It wasn’t working yesterday.

Hard to sit down and just play. A lot on my mind, and a visit coming up, plus I have some other things to do, not the least of which is open my newer ‘puter and blow it out with compressed air, etc.

I think I wrote maybe a couple hundred words before I was sidetracked again. Think I’ll just cut my losses and call it a nonwriting day.

But I won’t post this until late this afternoon to leave today’s ProWriters post in place for awhile. If anything changes, I’ll report it here and in the numbers below.

Roy got here fine. He, Bryan and I are sitting around a picnic table in the shade and a cool breeze, enjoying Negra Modelos, cigars and some great music. It doesn’t get much better than that.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Some good comments on “A Response Letter” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/a-response-letter/#comments/.

Interesting watching his progress on “Running, Workshops, and Writing” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/running-workshops-and-writing/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 280 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 280

Writing of A Fresh Kill (tentative title, novel)

Day 1…… 2751 words. Total words to date…… 2751
Day 2…… 2986 words. Total words to date…… 5737
Day 3…… 2961 words. Total words to date…… 8698
Day 4…… 2612 words. Total words to date…… 11310
Day 5…… 2205 words. Total words to date…… 13515
Day 6…… 3739 words. Total words to date…… 17254
Day 7…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 32668
Total fiction words for the year………… 280262
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11520
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 86210

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 366472

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 545 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels)………………… 4 novels
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 24
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 3
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 167