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, Tuesday, 6/20

Hey Folks,

Traveling a bit later today, so I’ll post this early. If I have a chance to update it later, I’ll do so. If not, well, at least there’s this.

I expect to write the whole time I’m gone. Well, each day that I’m gone. That will provide a bit of a challenge in itself.

I think maybe I’m gonna put together a Kickstarter campaign. Definitely going to look into it. I have an idea that I think will both generate a lot of interest and provide me with a challenge at the same time.

To see what I’m rambling on about, check “Of Interest” below. (grin)

Today, and Writing

I might not report on writing during my trip. But if not, I’ll bring the reporting all back up to speed after the dust settles.

See you tomorrow.

Of Interest

Wow. Via The Digital Reader, see the article on Kickstarter at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/14/how-kickstarter-became-one-of-the-biggest-powers-in-publishing-crowdfunding/.

Yesterday Dean announced two new online workshops if you’re interested. Today he issued a reminder about the bundle, Moonscapes. I bought that one early.

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……… 45050
Total fiction words for the year………… 337957
Total nonfiction words for the month… 12250
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 102230
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 440187

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 572 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, 6/14

Hey Folks,

I keep feeling like I need to take a day to create covers and promo docs for the last nine short stories I wrote. Then I need to distribute them and ship them off to BundleRabbit.

I’m ever aware that each day I wait is a day that story isn’t able to accumulate sales.

Usually I do all that stuff as I go, often the same day I write the story. But in the frenzy that was my recent writing in public challenge, I let it slip.

And just my mindset, when I get in the mood to create covers, it will be better to do them all one after the other.

So soon I’ll do that. But not today. Today I get to “novel” for awhile. (See the topic below.)

***

In the midst of everything going on — or actually not going on — with Job Corps, I got a Facebook message early this morning with some bad news. One of my heroic uncles (lifelong forest ranger, firefighter and so much more) is fading.

Depending on various factors back there, soon I’ll take a couple days to go see him or to attend the funeral. Part of life and living, but so much of it gets to be a drag after awhile. I know I’m confiding in the choir here.

Topic: Please, Don’t Be Ignorant

Or at least don’t put your ignorance on display.

Ignorance is not a “bad” quality. It just means a lack of knowledge.

But if you choose to be a writer, shouldn’t you at least try to learn everything you can about the language and word usage?

It seems to me we’ve entered an age in which many of us would rather sound cool than illustrate that we aren’t ignorant.

I’m talking about creating nouns of verbs and verbs of nouns and other word-usage anomalies where there’s no reason to. Other than wanting to sound cool.

I don’t mind, really. But it’s still annoying. And disappointing.

When I read the work of a favorite author and see, in narrative, phrases like “should of” instead of “should have” or “should’ve,” it doesn’t completely destroy the reading experience. But it mars it.

When I hear that a writer “journals” when what she means is “writes” or “keeps a journal” or “makes entries in a journal” I want to hurl chunks. I know, I know, but bear with me.

When I hear that someone “journals,” I wonder why nobody “diaries.”

And why doesn’t anyone “novel” or “short story” or “flash fiction” or “poem”?

“I can’t go tonight,” she said. “It would interrupt my journaling.”

Yeah? Well, I can’t go either. It would interrupt my “short storying” and maybe even my “noveling.”

In “Of Interest” today I feature an article by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader.

In his article, he features an infographic that’s titled “The Ultimate Flowchart for Finding Your Next Book.” Perfectly legitimate, that.

But in the title of the article he wrote to showcase the infographic, Nate saw fit to change “Book” to “Read,” as in “The Ultimate Flowchart for Finding Your Next Read.”

Why?

The change doesn’t enhance the meaning of the title. It doesn’t make it more descriptive or more informative.

It only makes me wonder whether the author is actually ignorant, is trying too hard to be innovative, or is just lazy. (Lazy because “read” used as a noun is short for “reading experience,” which of course means “book.”)

I feel the same way when, in a work written for publication, I find “gift” used as a verb in place of the perfectly adequate “give” (or “gifted” for “gave” or “presented”).

And I feel the same way when I hear professionals use “likely” when they mean “probably.” Or when body parts are given human traits (“nose smelled” “legs raced” “eyes looked” “ears heard” etc.).

Contrary to what some folks believe, I don’t go around looking for instances where the writer’s ignorance is on display. I really don’t. Even when I edit.

I just read. Those instances of ignorance on display leap off the page at me and interrupt my reading.

And then I don’t buy anymore of that author’s work.

Food for thought.

Today, and Writing

Spent the first couple hours of the day playing with Facebook and then writing the stuff above. Cross-posted the topic to the ProWriters blog too.

Around 6:30, I went to the Hovel to “novel” for awhile. (This is fun.) As has become my habit in this book, I cycled back first, then wrote about 600 new words in a new chapter. Moving right along.

A good day of writing today. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

See you then.

Of Interest

See “D2D Partners with Findaway Voices to Provide an Alternative to ACX Starting 7/18/2017” (More Freedom and Control Over Your Audiobooks) at https://draft2digital.com/blog/d2d-partners-with-findaway-voices-to-provide-an-alternative-to-acx-starting-7182017/. Sounds like a really good opportunity.

Take with a grain of salt “Q & A with Peter Stampfel, Submissions Editor of DAW Books” at http://themetropolitan.metrostate.edu/issue/2016/12/005/. (Thanks, Ann!)

See “Infographic: The Ultimate Flowchart for Finding Your Next Read” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/06/13/infographic-ultimate-flowchart-finding-next-read/.

“Two Bundles With Two Novels” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/two-bundles-with-two-novels/. I have to admit, I’ve bought both of these bundles.

Fiction Words: 3462
Nonfiction Words: 870 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4332

Writing of June Novel

Day 1…… 2248 words. Total words to date…… 4925
Day 2…… 0505 words. Total words to date…… 5430
Day 3…… 1204 words. Total words to date…… 6634
Day 4…… 1535 words. Total words to date…… 8169
Day 5…… 2825 words. Total words to date…… 10994
Day 6…… 1631 words. Total words to date…… 12625
Day 7…… 3462 words. Total words to date…… 16087

Total fiction words for the month……… 42559
Total fiction words for the year………… 335466
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9800
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 99780
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 435246

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 566 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)……………………………… 176

The Journal, Monday, 6/12

Hey Folks,

Kind of a neat post over at Dean’s place today, about domain-name hoarding. I can relate.

I have domain names for all of my personas, some of my pseudonyms and some of my characters, like Wes Crowley. I have domain names for my own name, and also some for business names that I don’t want to risk losing. Go figure.

Just yesterday, as an afterthought, I looked up WritingInPublic.com.

Of course, it was already taken. It won’t make money for me anyway, so I didn’t bother finding out who owns it so I could make an offer to buy it.

But I suspect it’s Dean. (grin)

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 4 again. Started working on the new Writing in Public website and did that for the first 3+ hours.

Moved out to the Hovel around 8:30 and started on the novel. Some cycling back and a lot of new words. Around 10, up to the house for some iced tea.

Not a bad day of writing, but not great. Still, I’ll take it.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

“Amazon Releases Word Doc Templates…” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/06/09/amazon-releases-word-doc-templates-making-better-pod-books/.

“Amazon Overhauls its Publishing Portal…” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/06/09/amazon-overhauls-publishing-portal-new-dashboard/.

Both of those are at The Digital Reader. If you don’t already subscribe, consider it at https://the-digital-reader.com/.

Dean’s “Domain Collecting” is interesting at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/domain-collecting/.

And just in case you’re interested, “Bob Dylan Rescues Literature From The Literary Set” at http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/12/bob-dylan-rescues-literature-literary-set/.

Fiction Words: 2825
Nonfiction Words: 240 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 3065

Writing of June Novel

Day 1…… 2248 words. Total words to date…… 4925
Day 2…… 0505 words. Total words to date…… 5430
Day 3…… 1204 words. Total words to date…… 6634
Day 4…… 1535 words. Total words to date…… 8169
Day 5…… 2825 words. Total words to date…… 10994

Total fiction words for the month……… 37466
Total fiction words for the year………… 330373
Total nonfiction words for the month… 8420
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 98400
Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 428773

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 564 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)……………………………… 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, Thursday, 6/1

Hey Folks,

Journal entries might be sparse here during this month.

I kicked off the challenge this morning at around 5 a.m. by posting the first scene of the first story. Woohoo!

You can see it (and others by the time you get this) at https://www.facebook.com/HarveyStanbroughWritingInPublic/.

You can also see the whole story in the right sequence by clicking http://harveystanbrough.com/the-june-challenge/.

In the “Writing Of” section below, short stories for June will be numbered for now (unless I have a title for it), 1 – 30. If I start/write a novel, that will be shown separately beneath the short story.

Topic: Picking Out Patterns

Uh, no, I’m not getting married again. I’m not entirely sure my wife would go along with that, plus one is more than enough for me.

I’m talking about pre-judging patterns. Seeing them before they’re fully developed. Or maybe developed at all.

Can you sense a pattern that you need to adopt after one day of a 30-day challenge?

I think maybe so.

I started writing at about 4 a.m. this morning. I posted the last installment (scene) of my first short story for June just before 9 a.m.

Five hours in and out of the chair, doing other little things, no rush. But at 9 a.m. it was posted and behind me.

Meaning I have the rest of the day to explore other ideas for short stories, start a novel, chores, whatever I want to do. Hmmm.

So now I’m thinking that was a great way to do it. I’m thinking I’ll make a concerted effort to get up at 2 or 3, knock out the short story for the day by 8 or 9, and then use the rest of the day for whatever comes.

What’s more, if I continue to do it that way, I can write the short stories up at the house where the Internet’s close. That means I can post the scenes in real time as I finish them. And that means it’s as close as I can get without a camera or a storefront to actually “writing in public.”

Then I can retire to the Hovel with my writing ‘puter to work on my novel. I’m not stupid enough to say this is gonna be a snap, but I’m just ignorant enough to feel like it’s gonna be a ton easier than I thought it was gonna be.

Hmmm. Yep, I like it. (grin)

And as kind of an odd and very favorable twist, posting the scenes as I write them hasn’t added Any Pressure At All. (I thought it might.) But what it HAS done is drive me to the chair. So a score on that front.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3, and started writing the first story of June at 4 a.m. Around 5, I posted the first scene.

I posted the last (4th) scene of “Getting Paid” on FB and at http://harveystanbrough.com/the-june-challenge/ just before 9 a.m. Woohoo!

That leaves me a lot of time to come up with lines or ideas for future stories and more than enough time to start my next novel.

I put some water on the yard, watering some trees and shrubs I can’t get to with the sprinkler without wasting a lot of water. After that I turned the sprinkler on the back yard. Then I went in and fixed some breakfast for myself.

Around 11:30 I headed out to the Hovel. I thought I’d look over the story I wrote this morning. I added 73 words to it, and it wanted to keep going. Who knew? I think maybe I lucked out and found my novel for the month. And I’m glad. I really like this character. (grin)

Around 3:20, back to the house. A good day for me.

Because this month’s novel is a continuation of the first short story, the word count for the novel will look odd at first. It isn’t.

Of Interest

See “Infographic: America’s Most Misspelled Words” at https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/05/31/infographic-americas-misspelled-words/.

See “Now That’s a Series” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/now-thats-a-series/.

Via The Passive Voice, see “John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction” at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/books/review/john-grishams-tips-how-to-write-fiction.html. Note: Some of these are pure, unadulterated (or maybe adulterated, I don’t know) hooey.

Fiction Words: 4925
Nonfiction Words: 700 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 5625

Writing of “Getting Paid” (Story 1 for June)

Day 1…… 2677 words. Total words to date…… 2677 (done)

Writing of June Novel

Day 1…… 2248 words. Total words to date…… 4925

Total fiction words for the month……… 4925
Total fiction words for the year………… 297832
Total nonfiction words for the month… 700
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 90680

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 388512

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)……………………………… 168

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, 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, Friday, 5/19

Hey Folks,

Well, I was relieved when yesterday’s Journal posted to my inbox shortly after 7 p.m. Remember you can always read the current or back issues of the Journal at http://harveystanbrough.com/category/daily-journal/.

Really looking forward to today, and the month is finally moving too fast. Hard to believe today is already Friday.

I have other life-roll things coming up, but thankfully they’re all in this month (so far, knock on wood). So June’s still a Go for the scene-by-scene short-story-per-day challenge.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3:30. Spent the first couple of hours with email and Facebook and reading on my computer.

Ate breakfast and otherwise just killed time for awhile.

Turned to the novel around 10, wrote for about an hour. It’s moving along fine.

Then I looked around and decided to make some more changes (minor ones) in my office. Good thing I’ve labeled this an “adjustment” month. (grin)

Then I went out for a cigar (left the ‘puter inside) and stepped into my backyard shed to get out of the wind so I could light up more easily.

I could barely get in there. Looked around. Excess garden tools, chunks of wood, etc. So I decided to clear out some things I very seldom use.

Two wagon-load trips to the Hovel (it’s also a large, long storage shed) and now the backyard shed is a lot neater.

1:30, back to the novel.

3:30, the novel’s still running well but I kind’a ran out of steam today.

Back tomorrow.

Of Interest

If you haven’t yet, take a few minutes to check out https://the-digital-reader.com/. I signed up awhile back for his daily newsletter. It isn’t always pertinent to me personally, but it’s always very informative.

See “The Magic Bakery: Chapter Nine” at http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/the-magic-bakery-chapter-nine/.

Fiction Words: 2205
Nonfiction Words: 300 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 2505

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

Total fiction words for the month……… 28929
Total fiction words for the year………… 276523
Total nonfiction words for the month… 9880
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 84570

Total words for the year (fiction and this blog)…… 361093

The Daily Journal blog streak……………………………………… 541 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