The Journal, Thursday, 6/22

Hey Folks,

Well, I’m back in St. David. Left Alamo this morning around 2:30 a.m. and got here at around 8. It was a good trip, and very enjoyable, but I need to get back to what I do.

Although I hoped to write while I was gone, it just wasn’t in the cards.

For one thing, on the travel days I was tireder than I used to be after a trip like that. On the visiting days, I felt more relaxed to just let things flow than I used to. And that’s more or less what happened.

Not sure whether I’ll write anything today either. Today feels like a “parts” day. I’ll put away things from the trip, get a few chores done, and take care of some other “parts” of what I usually do when I’m here.

And I’ll get ready mentally to storm back into writing.

Of course, if a pressing idea hits, all bets are off.

Today, and Writing

Nope, no writing today. Still looking forward to that writing in public challenge, though, and to my next novel, whatever it’ll be.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Please see Dean’s “I Get Startled At Times” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/i-get-startled-at-times/. Perfectly said.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 210 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 210

Writing of

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12820
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 102800
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 440757

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 574 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/21

Hey Folks,

Well, zero fiction writing yesterday. Frankly, the trip took more out of me than I expected it to.

No AC in my pickup currently, so it was six hours of heat, being buffeted by the wind, and noise. (grin) A true adventure.

And it was only six hours, but it’s been a long time since I did a road trip of any significant length.

Anyway, so last night, after squaring away a few things about the room, I researched Kickstarter a bit, did some other similar business-related things, then settled in for some TV to west my widdle bwain.

Traveling regionally and visiting today, so again I’ll post this early then update it later if necessary and if possible.

Maybe writing, maybe not. No big deal. I WILL be doing another writing in public challenge soon. Probably I’ll begin that within the next few days.

I’m excited about that, but too pooped to do anything about it at the moment.

***

In “Of Interest” today, Nate Hoffelder lists “Six Sites With Truly Free eBooks.”

In the article, he writes “[S]ometimes I need a site that has ebooks worth reading, doesn’t have DRM, and doesn’t require an account.”

So “ebooks worth reading” but apparently not “worth reading” enough to warrant actually paying the writers for their efforts. Hmm.

On his website, Nate also offers “Help for Authors” in the form of website development and on-demand tech support. He doesn’t provide those services free, though, so I guess I’ll pass.

Oh, but he does offer a “free website critique.” So I wrote him to request that. I’ll report on how it goes. Now if I could just find a few sites that list free plumbing, mechanic services, carpentry, etc.

Anyway, to take advantage of that free critique, visit https://the-digital-reader.com/wordpress-support-design/website-critique-analysis/ and fill out the form.

Today, and Writing

It’s looking more and more like I won’t write during this trip. Busy visiting today and probably heading back early (way pre-dawn) tomorrow morning.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

On The Digital Reader this morning, Nate Hoffelder lists “Six Sites With Truly Free eBooks” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2014/03/16/5-sites-with-truly-free-ebooks/. You already know what I think.

If you’re a cat fanatic, check “Time for a Cat Update” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/time-for-a-cat-update/.

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

Writing of

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12610
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 102590
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 440547

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 573 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Monday, 6/19

Hey Folks,

Well, I’ve taught my grandson Bryan about as much as I can teach him. I expected the situation to resolve this week one way or the other. But my part in it resolved yesterday.

At my son’s invitation, Bryan chose to go north with him to Flagstaff, a much larger area with great opportunities.

If Job Corps calls and he decides to still go with them, I’ll arrange to get him to Tucson. If not, at least he has a start on his life.

***

The Mandel Center has made the United States Holocaust Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos (1933-1945) available online FREE in searchable PDF files. This is an invaluable resource if you’re interested.

Visit https://www.ushmm.org/research/publications/encyclopedia-camps-ghettos/volumes-i-and-ii-available-online/.

You’ll have to answer a brief questionaire, then be patient as each part downloads. The whole thing downloaded for me in only a couple of minutes. Again, the download is free, whereas a hard copy of each book costs nearly $300.

UPDATE on Website Stuff

Well, the plugin I had such hope for isn’t working. It hasn’t missed sending me a copy of my own posts in my own category. But I posted six different posts in three other categories, and it didn’t send out any of those. So I guess I’ll call time of death on the experiment.

For those few of you who hoped to join me in this Writing in Public endeavor, sorry. I really thought it would work.

However, I still encourage you (all of you) to set up your own challenges, writing in public or otherwise. It really is great fun when you push yourself.

***

I’m off to New Mexico in the morning, about a 6 hour drive. I have a pair of uncles over there I really need to visit. I’ll be staying in a motel, though, so I hope to get some writing done while I’m gone.

***

Funny. Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a western magazine where I might want to submit short stories before I publish them outright. (Thanks, Alison!)

Today, I received a request from a curator at BundleRabbit to include two of my westerns in the upcoming Guns of the West bundle. One is my contemporary western novel, No Kind’a Time, and the other is a short story, “A Turning Point for Charlie Pilsen.” Cool, eh? I’ll announce it here and on my website when the bundle is out.

Today, and Writing

I woke early but rose late. You know how that goes sometimes. I spent the first several hours working on the Writing in Public website, tweaking the subscription plugin, etc. but to no avail.

I’ll spend a little time packing for my trip, and I’ll hope to write at least a short story today. We’ll see. I have a couple of great starts in mind.

No writing again today. I think I’m resting from everything that’s gone on the last couple of days and what’s coming up. That and fretting over the Writing in Public site.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Not much other than the stuff above about the Holocaust Museum.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 510 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 510

Writing of

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12060
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 102040
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 439997

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 571 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Sunday, 6/18

Hey Folks,

Okay, first, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I hope you have a great day. I’m sending this out early, and then I plan to have a good day myself.

Topic: Website Stuff

This morning I worked to revise the postings on my new Writing in Public blog at hstanbrough.com.

I deleted the old email plugin and added a new one. Then I scheduled Jobs Like That (the novella) to repost in several parts.

It should go out every two hours from 9 a.m. this morning through 11 p.m. tonight. Tomorrow it will resume at 7 a.m. again, and the final post will go out at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The “posts” page on the site is The Stories.

Pretty much any plugin will send an email when a new post happens. (JetPack comes to mind.)

But this one is supposed to send an email each time a new post happens per category.

Subscribers can subscribe to one or more categories.

So two or five or twenty writers can post scenes from their own short stories in their own category. Subscribers will receive emails only for the categories to which they’re subscribed.
But all from the same site. Amazing.

If the plugin works (fingers crossed), I’ll report that here in case any of you ever need to try something like this.

And when I’ve ironed out the bugs, I hope some of you will join me.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out really late this morning. I’ll correct that very soon. Nonwriting day today. I’ll be watching posts from Writing in Public. With any luck, there will also be a baseball game on somewhere.

If I get to do any fiction writing, I’ll report that in tomorrow’s Journal.

See you then.

Of Interest

Nothing that I saw.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 290 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 290

Writing of

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11550
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 1001530
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 439487

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 570 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Saturday, 6/17

Hey Folks,

My son is down from Flagstaff, so I thought this would be a nonwriting day, but it doesn’t feel like a nonwriting day. So I guess we’ll see.

Topic: Falling Off Heinlein’s Rules

Wow. I’m so close to falling off Heinlein’s Rules it isn’t even funny. And not the ones you would think of first (Rules 1, 2, or 3).

I’m all set to fall off of Rule 4. Frankly, it would be a little frightening. Well, if I cared. Maybe that’s the frightening part. I don’t really care.

The problem is, the “new” of all this has worn off. Way off.

Well, off everything but the writing.

I have a pretty sizeable backlist of novels that aren’t in paper yet. That doesn’t bother me too much. At least they’re “out there” in ebook form. They’re available in over 1200 sales venues around the world (including libraries). And they’re selling here and there.

But I just realized this morning, I also have a backlist of unpublished stories.

One novel, two novellas, and ten short stories. So three collections, too. A ten-story collection and two five-story collections.

That’s 16 publications I’m (so far) letting slip through my fingers.

And at the moment, I flat don’t care. Really! (grin)

It was such wonderful fun to Just Write the things, yet today I can only barely remember what some of them were about. Much less care whether anyone else ever reads them.

Every now and then you hear about some writer from the past and that his (or her) heirs have discovered sheaves of his (or her) unpublished stories in an old desk. Or bundles in a trunk. Or something.

Maybe I’ll just start tying mine into electronic bundles for my heirs to find. Shrug. Who knows?

Today, and Writing

Filled bird feeders (5 of them) and got them hung this morning. Then to Dean’s site, FB and to work a bit more on the Writing in Public website.

Started the water on the yard early. I have a lot of yard to cover, and I got only three sections of it watered yesterday.

Well, yes, a nonwriting day. I actually wrote a little, started a new story, but was interrupted. I’ll restart it again whenever with the same first line.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Please see the comments at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/the-magic-bakery-an-epilog/#comments. Really good stuff.

And a little more on challenges with “Two Books Ready” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/two-books-ready/.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 410 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 410

Writing of

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10260
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 1001240
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 439197

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 569 days
Calendar Year 2017 Novel Goal (15 novels or novellas)………………… 7 novels or novellas
Novels (since Oct 19, 2014)………………………………………… 25
Novellas (since Nov 1, 2015)……………………………………… 4
Short stories (since Apr 15, 2014)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Friday, 6/9

Hey Folks,

One astute reader noticed I wrote that the files I was waiting for were mailed on June 30. So, um, that would be almost a year ago.

They were mailed on May 30. In this situation, it still feels like a year ago. I corrected it. (Thanks, JGV)

Topic: End of the Challenge

Unfortunately, yesterday was the last day of the challenge.

Another friend (Thanks, RS) mentioned privately I could write a couple of flash fiction stories (up to 99 words) or short shorts (up to to 1999 words) to keep the challenge going.

I don’t want to use flash fiction. That would feel like cheating to me. I understand that most readers probably wouldn’t mind, but I’d mind. For me, using flash fiction breaks the spirit of the challenge.

And as for writing short shorts, that would be fine. But once I start writing, I can’t predetermine a story length. The characters take it to where they want it to go. It simply is what it is.

Spoiler alert: You’ll see a much longer version of this topic over on Pro Writers on Tuesday, June 20.

I’ll be back with another similar challenge before too long.

I found this challenge extremely beneficial to my work. Even abbreviated, this challenge

● dramatically increased my production. I now have 8 new short stories I wouldn’t have had without the challenge. Also, I’ve averaged just under 4,000 words of new fiction per day.

● increased my proficiency. Because I was posting the stories “live” scene by scene, I felt a sense of urgency to write them cleanly and get them out there.

● actually decreased the harmful influence of my critical mind. Again, because I was posting the scenes “live,” I cycled back through them one time to add any obvious omissions. Then I spell-checked them, and then I published them. The sense of urgency kept me from getting mired in the process. (No rewriting, remember?)

● enabled me to learn and practice new techniques more quickly and more cleanly, again because of the sense of urgency that was attached to it.

● handed me 2 new novel starts. That’s right. Out of only 8 new stories, 2 of them will be developed and expanded into novels.

I’ll use the rest of this month to gather story ideas (story starters), finish my novel and maybe write a second one, and create covers for and publish the stories I wrote this month.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out a little before 4. Did little the first few hours but write the stuff above and another blog post.

I probably won’t even write on the novel today, though I might, later.

Right now I’m switching Internet browsers from Firefox (been with them for years) to Microsoft Edge. Firefox updates every few days and it still crashes regularly. Enough is too much.

So logging into sites I use often, saving passwords on the new browser, all that.

I’m also putting together the dedicated website I’ll use when I start the next writing in public challenge. Slowly. But still fun.

Well, I called Job Corps. Despite their saying earlier that today was the deadline, we’re still up in the air. The lady said they’re re-reviewing his package, so I guess that’s good. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I had already called off the challenge. It’s already after 2 p.m. With all that’s happened today I’m just gonna make this a nonwriting day for fiction.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Just this morning in The Digital Reader I learned of a place called Reedsy. Among many other things, Reedsy offers free courses on various aspects of writing, publishing, marketing etc. Check them out at https://blog.reedsy.com/learning. As always, take what you learn there with a grain of salt.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 580 (Journal) 1130 (blog)
So total words for the day: 1710

Writing of June Novel

Day 1…… 2248 words. Total words to date…… 4925
Day 2…… 0505 words. Total words to date…… 5430
Day 3…… XXXX words. Total words to date…… XXXXX

Total fiction words for the month……… 31504
Total fiction words for the year………… 324411
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7270
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 97250
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 421661

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 561 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)……………………………… 175

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

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, 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