The Journal, Thursday, 7/23

The Day
Rolled out about 3. Checked email and did some website maintenance and updates.

Turned a quick 3 mile walk.

Went out to the shed and loaded a bunch of my youngest son’s stuff into the pickup for the trip north. Really looking forward to the road trip.

Sam Turner from SSA and RWA sent me a very interesting survey comparing readers’ choices in 2015 vs. 2013. There’s a lot of good information there if you want to improve your marketing efforts.

The main page for the survey results is here: http://blog.marieforce.com/the-results-are-in-2015-reader-survey/.

The results in table format are here: https://marieforce.com/images/docs/2015ReaderSurveyChart.pdf.

You’ll see a couple other links on the main page as well.

Great post again over at http://deanwesleysmith.com. This guy’s hitting on all cylinders right now, and I for one am glad to see it. He and I are the same age. What he’s doing with his writing right now is nothing short of incredible. Today he talks about multiple cash flows in this new world of publishing. Well worth a visit.

Once again I didn’t get any writing done. I’m getting things (the truck, my personal belongings, “trip stuff” etc.) ready for the trip so I’m kind of scatter brained right now.

When I think I might sit and write a bit,  I think of some small something I need for the trip. Thing is, I’m one of those who does everything as it occurs to me. If I didn’t, some of it would fall through the cracks.

So I’m living kind of a stuttering, stammering lifestyle right now filled with starts.

Is this an example of my conscious mind stopping me from writing?

Unequivocally, Nope. I love the story and I want to get it finished so I can do the cover and move on to the next one. No stoppages or slowdowns or confusion. I’m just wired about this trip.

As an aside, I keep thinking I should have just stayed here. The initial plan was to send Mom to Indiana to see her boys while I stay here and hold down the fort. But we eventually decided on Plan Two, which was me going as well, but driving instead of flying. I don’t fly, and I won’t until the nation regains its senses and puts personal safety above politically correct speech and searches.

So we’re driving. The only massive downside is that I have to leave my youngest daughter here and I don’t like it. But being here in familiar surroundings will be better for her, so I’m forcing myself to do it. (grin)

Nervous dad and the whole bit. Here’s a little pic of my baby girl, asking me nicely to put down Mr. Camera before she goes all Siamese on my backside. (grin)

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Not really. She’s the sweetest baby kit I’ve ever known. Actually, I woke her up while she was napping in the late afternoon sun. Probably that look on her face is You’re gonna put some stupid caption with this an’ show it to people aren’t you?

And yes, I am. Did.

Okay, since I started this travesty, here’s how she usually looks. (grin)

DSC00010baTopic of the Night: No topic tonight. I’m pooped.

Today’s Writing
Fiction words: XXXX

Writing of The Battle of Tres Caballos (Book 8)
Day 1…… 4125 words. Total words to date…… 4125
Day 2…… 2624 words. Total words to date…… 6749
Day 3…… 2766 words. Total words to date…… 9515
Day 4…… 1412 words. Total words to date…… 10927
Day 5…… 3441 words. Total words to date…… 14368
Day 6…… 1052 words. Total words to date…… 15420
Day 7…… 2486 words. Total words to date…… 17906
Day 8…… 3201 words. Total words to date…… 21107
Day 9…… 3186 words. Total words to date…… 24293
Day 10… 1585 words. Total words to date…… 25878
Day 11… 2178 words. Total words to date…… 28056
Day 12… 1730 words. Total words to date…… 29786
Day 13… 1083 words. Total words to date…… 30869
Day 14… 1784 words. Total words to date…… 32653
Day 15… 4018 words. Total words to date…… 36671
Day 16… 3116 words. Total words to date…… 39787
Day 17… 1678 words. Total words to date…… 41469
Day 18… 1805 words. Total words to date…… 43274
Day 19… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month…………… 34004
Total fiction words for the year……………… 439687

1 thought on “The Journal, Thursday, 7/23

  1. I do declare, sir, this is the closest to human (as opposed to writing machine) I’ve ever detected from you – love it! Have a safe trip and enjoy the journey!

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