The Journal, Saturday, 12/24

Hey Folks,

Well, I now have a grandson living with me. He needs a little help, and I suspect it will help me as much as it helps him. I mention this only because my schedule will inevitably change.

I will continue to write (and for now, edit), of course. And I will try to remember to post this Jounal each day. If I happen to miss a day now and then, just know I’ll be back a day later.

Today it will be all editing. I began the day -5 pages, so in the hole. To pull even, I need to edit 40 pages today. If I can do enough over that, I won’t have to edit in the morning, save in the very early morning when everyone else is still asleep. (grin)

I hope you all have a wonderful, very merry Christmas.

Of Interest

At Dean’s 12/23/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/122316-daily/) is interesting.

I also recommend you click http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/122116-daily/#comments and scroll to read the third comment and Dean’s response below it. Gems to be had there.

Today’s Writing

Nothing today. Back tomorrow.

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

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12440
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 270340

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 971288

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… 00 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)
Day 9…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 343 (+28)
Day 10… 37 pages. Total to date…… 380 (+30)
Day 11… 00 pages. Total to date…… 380 (-5)
Day 12… 87 pages. Total to date…… 467 (+47)

The Journal, Friday, 12/23

Hey Folks,

Just a placeholder post today.

A family situation came up in New Mexico, so I have an unscheduled road trip today. Nothing bad, but a blessing in thick disguise. Sure glad I built up a slight lead in the edit. After today I’ll have a small deficit, but nothing I can’t make up in short order.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

Check out Dean’s 12/22/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/122216-daily/).

Today’s Writing

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 100 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 100

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12250
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 270150

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 971098

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… 00 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)
Day 9…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 343 (+28)
Day 10… 37 pages. Total to date…… 380 (+30)
Day 11… 00 pages. Total to date…… 380 (-5)

The Journal, Thursday, 12/22

Hey Folks,

Well, a really blah day out here today. Probably today I’ll just edit and build that bank. I’ve pretty much written off the rest of December for writing fiction.

Not officially but just in a “don’t sweat it” kind of way. It’s something I tend to do, and I’m not sure why. A year ago (or so, at the end of a 12-month period) I was closing in on 750,000 words for that year. Once I hit that 750,000, I all but stopped writing.

I didn’t necessarily WANT to stop writing, but neither did I have any particular urge to put new fiction on the page. Weird. It’s a mental thing, I’m sure. It’s almost like I’m afraid to reach a goal because then it won’t be special anymore. Or something.

For another example of this warped thought process, it would have been relatively easy this year to hit 1,000,000 words total (fiction plus this journal), but I think once I realized that I slacked off. Hmmm. I’ll give it some thought, see whether I can figure it out.

If I glean an insight or two, I’ll pass it along, but don’t hold your breath. I might need professional help on this one. (grin)

Topic: Roberta Jean Bryant’s “Seven Laws of Writing”

Recently I pulled a scrap of folded, crumpled, mutilated paper out of my desk. I opened it and found Jean Bryant’s Seven Laws of Writing.

I had actually typed them on a sheet of typing paper, then cut out around them and saved them. I don’t know for sure when that was, but I’m certain it predates the book in which they’re now found (see below).

Anyway, now and then when I look back on this I am amazed it took me so long to learn these incredibly straightforward guidelines.

These “laws” are excerpted (now) from Roberta Jean Bryant’s Anybody Can Write: A Playful Approach (2002). You can find it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0760731764/. I recommend it. Of course, the book contains a great deal more than these laws.

But for now, here are the Seven Laws of Writing:

1. To write is an active verb. Thinking is not writing. Writing is words on paper.

2. Write passionately. Everyone has loves and hates; even quiet people lead passionate lives. Creativity follows passion.

3. Write honestly. Risk nakedness. Originality equals vulnerability.

4. Write for fun, for personal value. If you don’t enjoy it, why should anyone else? Pleasure precedes profit.

5. Write anyway. Ignore discouraging words, internal and external. Persistence pays off.

6. Write a lot. Use everything. Learning comes from your own struggles with words on paper.

7. Write out of commitment to your ideas, commitment to yourself as a writer. Trust yourself.

There you have it. Writing into the dark, anyone? Add this to Heinlein’s Rules and it’s all you need. Well, that and a keyboard.

Of Interest

At Dean’s, an interesting post at 12/21/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/122116-daily/).

His other post is about the writing bundle ending very soon. If you don’t have it, I recommend it.

If you would like to find free ebooks from the public domain, check out Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/.

Today’s Writing

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 540 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 540

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12150
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 270050

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 970998

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… 00 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)
Day 9…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 343 (+28)
Day 10… 37 pages. Total to date…… 380 (+30)

The Journal, Wednesday, 12/21

Hey Folks,

Not sure what today will entail. Editing for sure, and probably writing. Otherwise who knows.

Well, I took an unscheduled trip to the grocery, a pure pleasure in my “new” 1995 Toyota Taco(ma) pickup. Then back here to post a photo of the pickup on Facebook. Then I wrote the topic below, and finally moved to the edit. It’s 11:30 a.m. already.

* * *

Well, I edited off and on while playing with my pickup. It’s an overcast, cold, glum day here today, so the babies stayed inside during most of it.

Topic: Goal Setting (and Letting Go)

I’ve been so involved for so long in setting goals, then striving to achieve them, that I sometimes forget to Just Let Go.

That is especially true in the final few months of a year because I’m striving to meet annual goals and/or play catch up on those.

For example, I set a goal for this year to write a novel per month. Yeah, well, that one ain’t gonna happen.

But that’s all right. I’ve finished 9 novels, a novella, a nonfiction book and 47 short stories. I wrote all but one of those (a novel) wholly within this year. I also compiled and published 4 short story collections, three with 10 stories each and one with 5 stories.

I’m happy with all of that. So far. (grin)

I still have 10 days to go, beginning tomorrow. That should mean at least two more stories and (I hope) at least the start of a new novel.

But if it doesn’t, that’s all right too. As part of my ongoing retraining as a writer, I’m learning it’s all right to let go sometimes.

I love Christmas, though I came late to loving it. I have learned, and am learning, to cherish moments with individuals and groups, writers and nonwriters, and there is no better time of the year than this to both cherish and practice that concept.

Especially in this still-PC time, cherishing Christmas is a little challenging at times, but that makes it all the more attractive to me. Call it a personality flaw.

So let me pause here for a moment to wish each of you a very merry, happy Christmas season and Christmas day. If you celebrate it, so much the better. If you don’t, that doesn’t cause it to cease to exist, and I still wish you all the smiles and hugs and fellowship the season brings regardless of your beliefs.

As for me, for the next 11 days (including today), I intend to Just Let Go. I’ll get done what I can, whether editing or writing or folding laundry or cooking or loving my friends and family.

And sincerely, thank you for being along on the trip.

Of Interest

From BookBub, here’s their Top 10 Book Marketing Articles from 2016: https://insights.bookbub.com/top-book-marketing-articles-bookbub/

If you need a quick way to search public records (for personal reasons or for research) there’s a database, searchable by state, at http://www.courtsystem.org/.

Not much else out there.

Today’s Writing

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 500 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 500

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 21254
Total fiction words for the year………… 700948
Total nonfiction words for the month… 11610
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 269510

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 970458

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)
Day 7…… 36 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+60)
Day 8…… 00 pages. Total to date…… 305 (+25)
Day 9…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 343 (+28)

The Journal, Sunday, 12/18

Hey Folks,

Rolled out at 3, and by 4 the baby wanted to go outside for awhile. We did, and then (around 5) I put her in the house and went to the Adobe Hovel to explore writing some fiction.

I started a magic realism story. I didn’t get very far (only a few hundred words) before my cigar was finished and I headed back to the house.

Then an unexpected trip to the store for a few groceries, then back home and out here (outside desk) to write this stuff, check Dean’s site, etc.

Wow. It’s been a long time since I set out to write a story of a certain length intentionally. I was invited to submit a short-short (under 2000 words) to the Mexican magazine I mentioned a day or two ago. To me, such requests are an honor, so I’m trying to come up with something appropriate.

Of course, after they’ve published it (if they do) I’ll also publish it to my website as a story of the week and independently as a stand-alone story.

This might also turn into another sequence of stories revolving around the same main character. So we’ll see.

For now I’m going to edit a bit. I don’t want to squander the pages I have in the bank.

* * *

The edit is running well (I now have 59 pages in the bank), and that’s all right because it’s “important” as it’s my job. But I’m letting it take too much of my time. Changes coming tomorrow.

I’ve tried hard for over two years to keep my fiction writing from becoming important because I don’t want to pressure myself with it. I never want it to feel like a job. It’s important to me as a release, as playtime.

Writing fiction, telling stories, is still my personal priority. But I don’t want ever to make it just another job.

I expect I’ll write fiction tomorrow before I return to the edit.

Of Interest

Not much that I could find today. Dean talks a bit about the ongoing problem at his site. You have to hit Refresh when you first get there to see his latest post. Or some of you will have to do so.

Today’s Writing

Nothing today to speak of.

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 400 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 400

Writing of “Ila and the Train” (I’ll report beginning tomorrow)

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10570
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 268470

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 967139

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)
Day 6…… 40 pages. Total to date…… 269 (+59)

The Journal, Saturday, 12/17

Hey Folks,

When discussing consistency in a seminar I taught a year or two ago, I mentioned as an example, that the writer should use either “toward” or “towards” throughout the manuscript. I also said, almost in passing, that “toward” is the American version of the word and “towards” (most often pronounced “t’ords”) is the Brit version.

I wasn’t talking about the use of the word by a particular character or in a writing set in a particular country. I was talking only about consistency. I’ve seen hundreds of manuscripts in which the writer writes “toward” one time and “towards” another time. So I was saying the writer should pick one (toward or towards) and then use it throughout.

Shirley, a friend who is from Great Britain originally, was in attendance and quietly corrected me. Rather than either of us risking embarrassment in that public venue (and to get on with the class) I let it pass rather than discussing it further.

I also don’t know how I could have discussed it further anyway without pulling out my copy of “the” dictionary. (I am blessed to own a copy of The Compact Oxford English Dictionary. All 19 volumes in one massive tome, accompanied by a magnifying glass.) And specifically for American English, I use the American Heritage College Dictionary.

But no matter. In a discussion concerning consistency, it was a moot point anyway. I wasn’t saying you shouldn’t call a “crow” an “Arizona Black Eagle.” I was saying only that you should pick one and stick with it through the story.

Now Joanna Penn, in the “Of Interest” section below, offers a blog post on the differences between British and American terms. She mentions the term in question, not as a specific example but (as I did so long ago) only in passing. Very entertaining.

She even offers “five major, easily adoptable” nuances between the languages that will make you “golden” with most readers. I hope you’ll read it.

You can also take advantage of the links on my website under Writers’ Resources in the left sidebar. The entries marked Dictionary are most appropriate for this discussion, but if you haven’t browsed the list in awhile, I encourage you to do so.

* * *

Rolled out about 3:30. It was almost 60 degrees but with sustained winds of around 40 mph. Spent the first three hours writing this little bit of stuff and exploring Author Marketing Club (see the second entry in Of Interest below).

By 6:30 it was sleeting and the temp had dropped to 36°. And still high winds. Ugh. Gonna be one of those days.

Yesterday I hit upon a few ideas for novels, actually set in a world I’ve written in before. In that world, a new worldwide political organization had been established; a second worldwide purge of the Jewish people had occurred; an inter-Arab war was going on as Arab nations fought each other over the division of Israel after the worldwide political organization threw it to the winds; and one child who was missed in the purge grew up to become a miner of bones for a calcium extract in the Siberian burial fields. So he was mining the bones of his own people.

I wrote only the last idea, a 73,000 word story about the boy who grew up to mine the bones of his people and the effect that had on him. That novel was In the Siberian Fields.

But the other ideas have gone unwritten to any real depth. Oh, and there was also a moon colony involved, complete with a love interest for the young miner featured in In the Siberian Fields.

I thought I might start one of those other ideas today, but a few factors combine to make that unlikely: 1, it’s Saturday, so I’m not the only human in the house and there are other things to be done; 2, with the weather like it is, although I could easily get to the Hovel and work out there, I feel a need to be here, in the house, to fend off or attend to any possible catastrophies; and 3, a day like this just begs to be a day off. It’s a curl-up-on-the-couch-and-watch-TCM kind of day, though I will get some editing done. I can’t afford to fall behind in that.

So I said all of that to say this: We’ll see what happens.

* * *

Moving right along on the editing. No writing again today, but I got a lot done.

I’m selling my 4-Runner and getting a Toyota Tacoma, also 4 wheel drive. So I spent some time today getting the 4-Runner prepped and taking off some things I want to keep (like the brush guard, etc.).

I also edited 73 pages, getting through page 230 and putting me 54 pages above the mean of 35 pages per day.

Of Interest

A must read at Joanna Penn’s site, Making British Characters Realistic as an American Writer … and Vice Versa (http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2016/12/16/british-american-characters/).

Also, if you know as little about marketing as I do, here’s something to consider: http://authormarketingclub.com/.

An interesting note at Dean’s site in 12/16/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/121616-daily/).

Today’s Writing

Nope. Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 870 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 870

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 10170
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 268070

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 966739

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)
Day 5…… 73 pages. Total to date…… 229 (+54)

The Journal, Friday, 12/16

Hey Folks,

Today, as it turned out, is another nonwriting day. But read on. There are good things in this edition of the Journal.

Windy here. Big wind. Strong stinkin’ wind. Even the cats don’t want to go out. Windy in New Mexico too. Two large trees hit my son and daughter’s house in Roswell. Damaged the roof and cut the electricity. Sigh.

While visiting Amazon yesterday to place my short story and novella in their store, I found they have a completely new publishing interface. It’s much cleaner and it seems a little faster.

They did make it a bit more clunky with regard to adding search tags. Before, you could copy/paste up to seven search tags and insert them in one fell swoop. Now you have to insert each tag individually, ala Smashwords. Annoying. But overall I like Amazon’s improvements.

Okay, so I decided to do a topic on distributors today. Here’s the way I see it:

Topic: Distributors

Draft2Digital remains my favorite distributor. They pay royalties monthly, and they send you a monthly statement from each venue that includes the amount (in dollars) of your royalties from that venue. Very up front and easy.

The conversion engine at D2D turns out higher-quality .mobi (Kindle) and .epub (Nook/Apple) files than the one at Smashwords turns out. D2D also provides a universal link where a prospective reader can click one time to find your book at the the reader’s favorite venue (B&N, Apple, Amazon, etc. even Smashwords).

They also have a slick, clean interface. The only downside to D2D is that they distribute only to Apple, B&N, and Kobo, as well as the smaller Scribd, Inkterra (formerly PageFoundry), Tolino and 24Symbols. Still, at least they hit the big ones, less Amazon.

Amazon is just Amazon, but it’s a major sales venue and they sell in around 60 countries. (Most of the other larger sales venues do too.) And they don’t accept distribution from anyone else (yet) so I continue to distribute to them individually.

Even with improvements on their interface, for speed and efficiency, they’re still somewhere between the very quick, slick interface at D2D and the dragging-boots-through-mud interface at Smashwords.

Amazon pays royalties monthly, but they remain two to three months behind, and they make it difficult to find how much you’ve been paid and by whom. (You have to log into Amazon, go to your account, wade through reports, etc.)

Smashwords is the grandpappy. They distribute to the same ones D2D distributes to (except 24Symbols) plus eleven others, including the massive Gardners in the UK.
They also maintain their own store, with really good royalties if the customer buys directly from them.

I still distribute to Smashwords primarily because of their in-house store and their coupons. And since I’m there anyway, I allow them to distribute to all those others that D2D doesn’t reach.

However, I don’t think I’ve made enough money from those other venues (the extra ones D2D doesn’t handle) to buy a burger and fries yet. I’ve done pretty well selling through their store.

To reward D2D for the benefit of working with them, I distribute through them to every venue they support.

Then I go back to Smashwords’ “(Distribution) Channel Manager” and click “Opt Out” for Apple, B&N, Kobo, et al that D2D is handling for me. That, too, is a very clunky, flint-chisel-on-a-stone-tablet kind of process, and it serves to remind me why I prefer D2D.

So whatever else you do, get a D2D account. If I was going to distribute through only two distributors, I would pick D2D and Amazon. That covers all the biggies in one bag.

Pronoun—I mentioned this new distributor awhile back, so I suppose I should mention them again now. Okay, I still don’t use them. Their interface was designed by someone for whom condescension apparently is a lifestyle. They DO distribute to Amazon, so that’s one thing in their favor. But frankly, I’d rather put up with Amazon’s interface than Pronoun’s silliness.

* * *

Well, my friend and I were going to talk marketing today over a pizza and a couple good cigars. Neither of us know anything about marketing, so it would have been the blind leading the blind, but we both like pizza and cigars. So. However, he was unable to make it due to illness. Any marketing geniuses out there? Wanna do a guest post? Please?

* * *

Did some more editing. I’m jonesing to write fiction, but nothing again today. However, today I decided to reprise (revive?) my Adobe Hovel office and my old computer. I think I need to do what I did before, namely, dedicate a space to writing fiction, especially while I’m stuck in this dual role. More on that tomorrow probably. For now, another nonwriting day today and back to the edit for awhile longer.

Of Interest

Over at Dean’s site 12/15/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/121516-daily/). He posted very late today (after noon) so if you check on your own, there y’go.

By the way, visit Kris Rusch’s site (http://kriswrites.com) and sign up for her newsletter. She’s giving away the first novel in her Diving series. Trust me, this is a great deal.

Today’s Writing

Yeah, no.

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 820 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 820

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9300
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 267200

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 965869

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)
Day 4…… 38 pages. Total to date…… 156 (+16)

And this is on a memoir. I copyedit much faster on fiction.

The Journal, Thursday, 12/15

Hey Folks,

Last night after I sent off the Journal I wrote “Wow. I hope I’m ABLE to push aside the critical mind stuff and turn to writing when I’m through editing for the day.”

But that’s just silly. I’ve experienced this kind of thought off and on (mostly on) for the past two years, yet I’ve accomplished more in that time than many do in an entire career. (grin) I always end up pushing down the critical mind, so I’m not gonna worry about it.

Things are piling up here, so today I’m taking a planned nonwriting (nonplaying) day to get some of those things done.

Today I will edit with an eye toward putting more pages in the bank. I will also make corrections to a manuscript (Kenneth Flowers’ BREATHE) and do the necessaries for my novella, A Rough New World, and my short story, “The Fading of Jill Montgomery” so I can get them out to readers.

I will also sign up for another week-long subscription to CanStock and download 10 cover pics. So no writing today unless something just rears up and refuses to remain in my head. Then all bets are off.

Well, it’s almost 11 and I’ve just finished all my personal admin stuff for the day. That included making edits in Kenneth’s book (BREATHE) as well as designing two new covers and publishing the short story and novella I recently finished. It’s still incredible to me that those will be for sale or lending in over 200 venues worldwide within a week or so. Mind boggling.

So now a short break, then to the edit probably for the rest of the day.

Knocked out 41 pages today before my eyes gave out. Reckon maybe I need to rest every hour or so. Duh.

Gonna edit like a wildman in the early hours tomorrow, then lunch and talking writing/marketing with a friend. Then I hope to get back to writing something LONG tomorrow.

Of Interest

Some interesting comments on Dean’s Artistic Choice and The Voice Finals (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/artistic-choice-and-the-voice-finals/#comments)

Not a lot else over there today.

Today’s Writing

Uhh, no.

Back tomorrow.

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

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8480
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 266380

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 965049

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51 (+16 in the bank)
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77 (+7)
Day 3…… 41 pages. Total to date…… 118(+13)

The Journal, Wednesday, 12/14

Hey Folks,

Got up late at 4 and went outside to get pics of the second supermoon in what, two months? Anyway, that took some time. Had to replace a battery in one camera, etc.

Then I sipped hot coffee and hunted my kitten, who had jumped the fence while Dad was busy staring at the sky. Found her, got her back in and got some exercise to boot.

The cultural editor of the Mexican magazine EstePaís emailed to say the issue with my triolet “God?” is out and in the mail to me. She also included a handy link to the electronic version. If you’re interested, you can see my poem at http://www.estepais.com/articulo.php?id=808&t=dios.

You can see other poems by Pedro Poitevin, who wrote the translation of “God?” here: http://www.estepais.com/articulo.php?id=803&t=poemas.

And finally, you can see the entire magazine here: http://www.estepais.com/articulo.php.
I installed an add-on to Firefox (my browser) so I could translate the page and read the wonderful things the translator said about me (grin).

Then I finished my morning cigar and came in to get a second mugga coffee and check Dean’s place. But I didn’t do anything on the edit yet. Two and a half hours gone.

* * *

I got to the edit late and dealt with insubordinate (but grown, or perhaps groan, and well-meaning) children for a few hours as I edited. As a result I ended up with only 26 pages on the day. However, because I had some pages in the “bank” from yesterday, I’m still 7 pages over the average I need to maintain the pace. So it’s all good.

It’s 12:30 now. To my own writing for the rest of the day.

Two hours later, I played with a few openings, but nothing worked. By which I mean nothing grabbed me and went running through a scene. Not a major thing. I’m gonna make a trip to the store and then the post office. Then I’ll be back to either write some fiction or not.

Of Interest

Dean’s A Fun Christmas Present (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/a-fun-christmas-present/). (After you’ve read Dean’s intro, click “bubba’s 2016 xmas letter” (or here: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/bubbas-2016-xmas-letter.pdf) to download the PDF.

Also of interest if only for a tiny bit on priorities, I recommend Dean’s 12/13/16 Daily (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/121316-daily/).

BY THE WAY if you decide to buy Judge Bubba’s book, here are the links:

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B75DKLW/

Paper: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1523279508/

Today’s Writing

Nope. Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 400 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 400

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8150
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 266050

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 964719

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51
Day 2…… 26 pages. Total to date…… 77

The Journal, Tuesday, 12/13

Hey Folks,

I’m about to embark on an interesting experiment.

Yesterday I received a 200,000 word creative nonfiction manuscript to copy edit. First “real job” I’ve had in a while. It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, how this meshes with my writing.

Notice that my concern is how the work meshes with my writing, not how my writing meshes with my work. Priorities.

The two shouldn’t clash at all, and one shouldn’t create any problems for the other. Well, except that both require time at the computer and feed into the same fatigue pool. But otherwise, no.

Copyediting is a function of the conscious, critical mind, whereas fiction and my other writing is a function of the subconscious.

And my critical mind already reared up once, strongly. One major thought was “Maybe you should take a hiatus from writing fiction until this project is finished.” Seriously?

But I recognized that for what it was, then came here and wrote this.

Back when I was copyediting before (full time), I was also “trying” to write. Hear that? “Also” automatically relegates the writing to second priority, and “trying” is always a function of the conscious mind. Wrong approach for a professional writer, but one I had difficulty breaking out of.

So it’s back to Heinlein’s Rules now as it was then. If it weren’t for Heinlein’s Rules, I wouldn’t have pulled it off back then.

And I wouldn’t have written and published 20 novels, 2 novellas, and over 160 short stories plus nonfiction books in the past two years, not to mention this diary. (You can get a free annotated copy at http://harveystanbrough.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Heinleins-Business-Habits-Annotated.pdf).

So going back to copyediting will be a challenge, but a fun challenge. I think it will help me make writing more of an escape to playtime with my writing. Whatever happens, it should be interesting. And of course, you’ll see the effects here.

My intention is to edit from whenever I get up until around 11. What remains of the day (around noon until 5) I’ll use for my own writing. I’ve been writing more in the afternoon than in the morning anyway. My daily writing goal remains 3,000 words per day of new publishable fiction.

I have a goal on the copyedit too. I want to copyedit at least 35 pages per day. If I reach that, the copyedit will be finished by the end of December.

When I get 35 pages done, I can either keep going and roll-over the excess in the bank, or I can stop and go to playtime for the rest of the day. Either way, every day the goal resets to zero. I’ll post those totals here too, just for fun.

Yesterday I spent three hours running my contextual spell checker on the document. So this morning I started with a clean draft. No need to watch for spelling and wrong-word usages (at least not closely).

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Finished working on the edit for the day at around noon and worked a little formatting the story I finished yesterday. It was about a woman running on a wilderness track.

For some reason, that motivated me to try some situps and pushups. Back in the day I could do 100 of each fairly easily, but that day was a long time ago. I won’t tell you how many I did today, but it released some endorphines or something. So I added a short walk to the mix.

Back by 1 p.m. and looking for a story to write.

Of Interest

Dean’s place, Artistic Choice and The Voice Finals (http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/artistic-choice-and-the-voice-finals/) is good.

Today’s Writing

Well, a nonwriting day as it turned out. I could have written, but no idea grabbed me and took off. Plus I spent a lot of the afternoon slobbering over a 1995 Toyota Tacoma I have my greedy eyes on.

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: XXXX
Nonfiction Words: 650 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 650

Writing of “”

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 18975
Total fiction words for the year………… 698669
Total nonfiction words for the month… 7750
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 265650
Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 964319

Edit Totals

Day 1…… 51 pages. Total to date…… 51