The Journal, Thursday, 6/15

Hey Folks, Well, there y’go. Half the month is almost gone already. Kind of two topics in the post today. Read down through the “Today and Writing” section for some craziness. Topic: More Thoughts on Challenges I was telling someone a day or two back that any 30-day time period is still 30 days even if it doesn’t start on the first of a calendar month. Duh. I’ve pretty much decided when I finish with the … Read more

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 … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/13

Hey Folks, Topic: Foiled, Sort Of, By Technology Well, I called off the challenge I extended earlier re writing in public. Thus far I haven’t found a WordPress plug-in that will email multiple postings per day from a blog to subscribers. Much less from multiple feeds. As my friend Robert pointed out awhile back, writing in public is still writing in public even if nobody’s being notified or watching. And I very much enjoyed my abbreviated … Read more

Quieting the Critical Mind

Hi Folks, Following on the tail of Trusting Your Subconscious Mind, this suits. I’ve talked before about writing off into the dark. In fact, my whole Daily Journal is based on that method of writing, piggybacked on the writer’s determination to follow Heinlein’s Rules. I even teach an Audio Course on Writing Off Into the Dark. Click the link and scroll down to Course 12. But one subtopic is sorely lacking any direct instruction that I … Read more

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 Of course, it was already … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 6/11

Hey Folks, Wow. Already had a few writers sign up for the upcoming Writing in Public Challenge. I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent. Once I get the site put together, I’ll send out an email with log-in specifics, etc. If you’re interested, I recommend emailing me fairly soon. There’s still room if anyone else wants to jump in. Remember, how you structure your own challenge will be completely up to you. The only requirement is that you … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 6/10

Hey Folks, Yesterday I outlined how “writing in public” positively affected my writing. This morning, I had an exciting idea. You already know I’m preparing a website for my next Writing in Public challenge. It should be good to go before July rolls in. Those who are interested in reading stories or novels as they develop will subscribe. Then each post will be emailed to them as it’s posted. I’ve decided to open that challenge to … Read more

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 … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 6/8

Hey Folks, First, before I forget, awhile back the editor of a magazine in Mexico asked me to write a short story for her magazine. I did and submitted it. She loved it and asked permission to translate it. Of course, I said yes. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the story in Spanish in the magazine EstePaís: I’d be happy to send a copy of the English original to anyone who wants it. … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/7

Hey Folks, Not a lot to report today. Topic: Day 7 of the Challenge Well, the challenge is rolling along. I feel like I’m settling into this thing. By that I mean I’m not frantic, “worrying” about coming up with story ideas, etc. The conscious, critical mind repeatedly attacks in various ways. But once I recognize it for what it is and set it aside, I’m able to get back to writing. Today’s story went really … Read more